Vocablet of the Day: Contravene

Today’s Vocablet flashcard involves the drawbacks of gathering huge amounts of information for the Internet — not all information is public.

The contravene-Privacy snippet highlights an embarrassing — and illegal — slip up by the information superpower Google.  While driving around cities and towns in Canada collecting information for Google Street View, the company accidentally picked up data from wi-fi routers in homes, an action that goes against the country’s privacy laws.

This isn’t Google’s only clash with wi-fi and privacy laws.   To avoid breaking European privacy laws, Google recently introduced an option to allow wi-fi users to opt-out of Google’s location services.

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Many users criticize Facebook for its irresponsible treatment of people’s information and lack of concern for privacy issues.  How else do websites contravene privacy laws?

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