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Street View cars grabbed locations of phones, PCs

Security researcher Ashkan Soltani

Security researcher Ashkan Soltani says a big problem is no opt-out method. (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)

Google’s Street View cars collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world, a practice that raises novel privacy concerns, CNET has confirmed.

The cars were supposed to collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points. But Google also recorded the street addresses and unique identifiers of computers and other devices using those wireless networks and then made the data publicly available through until a few weeks ago.

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