ITIF Files Amicus Brief in Google Street View Case
WASHINGTON (October 7, 2013) -In an amicus brief filed with the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) urged the Court to reconsider the decision in Joffe v. Google, also known as the Street View Case, due to erroneous assumptions made by the Court and the deleterious impact the ruling will have on all aspects of the economy that rely on wireless technology infrastructure.
Google's Street View program collected unencrypted Wi-Fi communications during its mapping activities of public streets. A class action suit was filed arguing that the company violated the federal Wiretap Act which states that intentionally intercepting an electronic communication is subject to criminal and civil liability. Google filed a motion to dismiss the suit since the Wiretap Act exempts communications accessible to the general public, such as unencrypted radio communications.