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Google Streetview Ninth

Google Streetview Ninth

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FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
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. No. 11-17483D.C. No.5:10-md-02184-JWOPINIONAppeal from the United States District Courtfor the Northern District of CaliforniaJames Ware, District Judge, PresidingArgued and SubmittedJune 10, 2013—San Francisco, CaliforniaFiled September 10, 2013
 
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.2Before: A. Wallace Tashima and Jay S. Bybee, CircuitJudges, and William H. Stafford, Senior District Judge.
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Opinion by Judge Bybee
SUMMARY
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Wiretap Act
The panel affirmed the district court’s order denying amotion to dismiss claims that Google, Inc., violated theWiretap Act when, in the course of capturing its Street View photographs, it collected data from unencrypted Wi-Finetworks.The panel held that Google’s data collection did not fallwithin a Wiretap exemption set forth in 18 U.S.C.§ 2511(2)(g)(i) because data transmitted over a Wi-Finetwork is not an “electronic communication” that is “readilyaccessible to the general public.” Under 18 U.S.C.§ 2510(16)(A), a “radio communication” is by definition“readily accessible to the general public” so long as it is notscrambled or encrypted. The panel held that the Wi-Finetwork data collected by Google was not a radiocommunication, and thus was not by definition readily
 
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The Honorable William H. Stafford, Jr., Senior District Judge for theU.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, sitting bydesignation. 
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This summary constitutes no part of the opinion of the court. It has been prepared by court staff for the convenience of the reader.
 
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.3accessible to the general public. The panel also held that datatransmitted over a Wi-Fi network is not readily accessible tothe general public under the ordinary meaning of the phraseas it is used in § 2511(2)(g)(i). Accordingly, the district courtdid not err in denying the motion to dismiss on the basis of the Wiretap Act exemption for electronic communication thatis readily accessible to the general public.
COUNSEL
Michael H. Rubin (argued), David H. Kramer, Brian M.Willen, and Caroline E. Wilson, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &Rosati Professional Corporation, Palo Alto, California, for Defendant-Appellant.Elizabeth J. Cabraser (argued) and Jahan C. Sagafi, Lieff,Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco,California; Kathryn E. Barnett, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann &Bernstein, LLP, Nashville, Tennessee; Jeffrey L. Kodroff,John A. Macoretta, and Mary Ann Giorno, Spector RosemanKodroff & Willis, P.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; DanielA. Small and David A. Young, Cohen Milstein Sellers &Toll, PLLC, Washington, D.C., for Plaintiffs-Appellees.Marc Rotenberg, Alan Butler, and David Jacobs, ElectronicPrivacy Information Center, Washington, D.C., for AmicusCuriae Electronic Privacy Information Center.

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