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Re: Public WiFi Pcaps

2014-09-10 10:10
I guess it depends where you live.
In some countries this can be highly illegal.
I like your example with the radiostation!
But if the feds wanna srew you, they gonna do it this or another way.

And yes google lose the fight. No one aware, that any smartphone does
such things? DB's full of wifi's and where they are. Get sended from the
phone to a lot of unknown people. The Data get used to make a better
position track. And perhaps for a lot other things.

Perhaps you can get a special permission? But where to ask for?

Cheers!

Am 08.09.2014 um 18:37 schrieb Bryan Bickford:
Greetings,

I am starting some wifi research and had questions about the legality of
listening to unencrypted, public wifi data and publishing subsequent
research.

From what I understand, the wiretap act prohibits listening to
communications that were not configured to be readily accessible to the
general public. Specifically:

...permits "any person" to intercept an electronic communication made
through a system "that is configured so that . . . [the] communication is
readily accessible to the general public."

I have seen debates about whether an unencrypted access point (e.g.
starbucks) qualifies under this exception. Is there any concrete legal
precedent that defines this either way?

The only one I can think of is the google street view case, and they lost.
http://epic.org/privacy/streetview/

From a technical viewpoint, you are just reading unencrypted radio waves. I
see no technical reason that it's any different than listening to an FM
radio station.

Anyone else have more insight/experience?

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