Ninth Circuit Rejects Google Defense in Wi-Fi Sniffing Suit
The court didn't buy the company's claim that data packets intercepted by its Street View cars were "radio communications" not covered by federal law.
By Scott Graham|September 10, 2013
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Scott Graham writes for The Recorder, an American Lawyer affiliate.
In what could be a painfully expensive rebuke to Google, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the company can be sued under the Wiretap Act for sniffing out data from home Wi-Fi networks.
The ruling potentially exposes Google to many millions, if not billions, in statutory damages and attorney fees, though the litigation is still in early stages.
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