I swear, every time I write an item about the Google Street View data collection issue, I think it will be the last time. But like a sort of digital Freddy Krueger, it rises up to cause more mayhem. Actually, given the revelations of the last few days, I suspect we’re in this for a while. The engineer who allegedly provided the data gobbling software to Street View cars has been identified as one Marius Milner.
The New York Times describes him as:
a programmer with a background in telecommunications who is highly regarded in the field of Wi-Fi networking, essential to the project.
On his LinkedIn page, Mr. Milner lists his occupation as “hacker,” and under the category called “Specialties,” his entry reads, “I know more than I want to about Wi-Fi.”
Well, yeah, I guess you do. Milner is apparently employed in Google’s YouTube division. At issue still is whether anyone else at Google knew about Milner’s software, if they did, whether they perceived it as illegal or unethical, and whether there was a cover-up. It’s always the cover-up that gets you. Just ask Nixon.