Google Wants to Patent Wi-Fi Snoop Technology
Court documents indicate Google wants to patent its new sniffing technology.
According to this Computer World report, a recently amended complaint in a class-action lawsuit first submitted two weeks ago claims that a patent Google submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November 2008 shows that the search giant purposefully created technology to gather, analyze and use data sent by users over their wireless networks.
"The company faces multiple civil lawsuits in the U.S., and is under investigation by authorities in several countries, including Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany Spain and Italy. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said it will take a 'very, very close look' at the Google practice.
"Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Oregon lawsuit upped the ante Wednesday when they amended the original lawsuit to include charges that Google filed for a patent on Wi-Fi sniffing technology more than a year and a half ago."