In a somewhat amusing turn of events related to the Google StreetView debacle, Wired reports that Consumer Watchdog decided to sniff unencrypted wireless network traffic at Rep Jane Harman’s personal residence, who is a prominent member of the House Intellegence Committee.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, it came to light recently that the Google StreetView cars were collecting information from unprotected networks as they drove by taking pictures. A lot of people are upset, but I personally agree with the first commentor on Wired’s article:
Anyone stupid enough to run their Wi-Fi network without any encryption has no expectation of privacy. Google has done nothing wrong.
What are your thoughts? Should Google pay for this or should people learn to act more intelligently? Is it reasonable, in this day and age, to expect people to understand how to protect their wireless networks or not? Is your home network encrypted or not?