Cecilia Kang from Post Tech at the The Washington Post writes that Google has deleted the private data the company inadvertently collected last week in Ireland off of unprotected, or unencrypted, Wi-Fi networks at homes, while compiling photos for its Street View Application location-based services. An independent third party corroborated the deletion. German officials blasted Google, saying the practice, even if in error, was illegal. Now, California-based Consumer Watchdog has filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking an investigation on how the practice affected consumers. According to Google, the company has been proactive by searching for other potential instances of the practice in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and selected European countries, places where Street View is in most widespread usage.
William Booth of the Washington Post reports that millions of Mexicans -- in a remarkable act of mass digital protest -- are refusing to submit their personal data to the Mexican government despite the government's demand that the owners of every cellphone in the country register their names, numbers and addresses in an effort to combat organized crime, especially the phenomenon known as "virtual kidnapping." From the article: "The burgeoning Mexican cellular class -- which now includes city swells with thrumming BlackBerrys and peasants with cheapo Nokias out in the fields -- assumes that any personal information they give the state would inexorably flow into the hands of the very criminals the new law seeks to foil, creating a kind of White Pages for crooks and kidnappers." The protest appears to have succeeded: Since so many Mexicans declined to give their personal information and because the data could not be authenticated, experts believe the mobile phone registry will now be completely useless from a security standpoint.