A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case will continue this week based on which practice of Google’s?

Answer: Wi-Fi network data collection

by News Staff / September 18, 2013

The court issued a decision that a complaint against Google’s practice of collecting Wi-Fi signal information such as network names, MAC addresses, and whether networks are encrypted or not, is not dismissible based on the arguments by Google’s lawyers. Google argued that their data collection is legal under the Wiretap Act because unencrypted Wi-Fi signals are accessible by the general public and they are radio communications, but the court pointed out that unlike radio, the signals are only accessible in a limited geographic area. Google uses the collected data to help their mobile apps determine location based on the network signals it sees. The Ninth Circuit is the first appellate court to rule on this issue, and the lawsuit against Google will continue.