You may recall back in 2008 that it started sending vehicles around the world, collecting data for its worldwide street view product?
Well, some of the data it collected included household computer passwords and emails.
All a terrible mistake of course, the VP of Engineering and Research (Alan Eustace) is mortified and promises that the data will be deleted asap.
This provides a pertinent reminder to all of us that our electronic communications are subject, and open, to monitoring.
I would also like to remind you all that your mobile phone, when switched on, provides those who are interested with a physical fix on your location and can also be used to eavesdrop on your conversations.
By the way, did you also know that mobile phones that are switched off can be turned on remotely by third parties (if they have the right equipment)? The only way to prevent this happening is for the battery to be removed.
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