Tech group warns court ruling against Google could be ‘devastating’ for economy

{mosads}But in a brief filed on Monday, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) warned the court of “the devastating consequences its ruling will have on all aspects of the economy that rely on wireless technology infrastructure, including but not limited to healthcare, financial institutions, retailers, and residential computer users.”

The advocacy group argued that the decision puts standard industry security practices into legal question. Information technology professionals regularly scan WiFi data to combat hackers and identify security problems, the group wrote.

“As a result, the Court’s decision will make it harder for IT security professionals to their jobs, thus rendering wireless networks more susceptible to intrusion,” ITIF warned.

The group argued that WiFi data is “readily accessible” because it can cover a wide geographic area and can be used by a variety of devices.


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