The National Security Agency will, in most cases, be able to access your most private of online data if they want to. Google wants to make sure they aren't forced to comply with the many requests they receive for data, however, as they scramble to encrypt their data centers and protect the precious information -- probably including yours.
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Computer forensics firm Stroz Friedberg, which conducted the audit, found that the snooping software called gslite only collected data from unencrypted networks while intentionally disregarding encrypted networks. : "While running in memory, gslite permanently drops the bodies of all data traffic transmitted over encrypted wireless networks. The gslite program does write to a hard drive the bodies of wireless data packets from unencrypted networks."
Not only does PI believe that there is ample evidence of criminal intent, it also feels that a “systematic failure of management and of duty of care” and not the code's alleged author is to be blamed. “This is equivalent to placing a hard tap and a digital recorder onto a phone wire without consent or authorisation,” PI said in a statement.
On the other hand, Google again tried to downplay the entire matter: "As we have said before, this was a mistake. The report today confirms that Google did indeed collect and store payload data from unencrypted wi-fi networks, but not from networks that were encrypted. We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities to respond to their questions and concerns.”