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Banks dragged into Google row




Banks dragged into Google row
Banks dragged into Google row



http://www.mis-asia.com/news/articles/banks-dragged-into-google-row 

By Julian Bajkowski 
MIS Fin Rev
08 Jun 2010

AUSTRALIA - Australia's retail banks have been dragged into a brawl 
between Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Google over the 
search giant's admission that it illegally collected data from home 
Wi-fi networks.

The Australian Bankers Association yesterday hit back at suggestions by 
Senator Conroy on ABC television that Google's vehicles might have 
collected online banking information as part of their activities.

"If you had an unprotected Wi-fi router in your house and you were doing 
a banking transaction or transmitting personal information, they could 
have hoovered it up, sucked it up into their machine," Senator Conroy 
said on ABC2's breakfast program.

The allegation is a headache for institutions which annually spend 
hundreds of millions of dollars to shut hackers and crooks out of their 
online banking facilities.

ABA policy director Tony Burke dismissed Senator Conroy's comments and 
sought to reassure bank customers that their details were safe.

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