ComputerWorld maligns today's FCC decision that Google's wifi snooping in conjunction with roaming photography for StreetView is a broadly legal activity. John Mello says it "sets a horrible precedent" for anyone hoping for assurance of government protection of the privacy of their home wireless networks.
I don't have any inclination to defend Google's motives; I think they are just as "evil" at this point, if such a term can be applied to a corporation, as Microsoft ever was. But honestly, should anyone expect the government to protect them from the laws of physics? A wireless broadcast is a broadcast... you are actually throwing your information out beyond your walls for all and sundry to pick through. If you don't take steps to confine the signal to your property or to encrypt the contents, you may as well be putting up a billboard and demanding that no one look at it.
The widespread availability of wireless devices and the limited spectrum available pretty much ensures that most people wandering past your home or business are engaged in some form of activity similar to what Google was doing. It's ridiculous to demand the government attempt to prevent this. Without a dramatic crackdown on wireless devices themselves, it's simply not possible, and it's particularly silly when all anyone has to do to prevent it themselves is stop blaring their private data out into public places.