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Besides taking Street View, they were collecting WiFi data to improve location services. "Payload" was an unfortunate by-product. Read something, please!
We'll see how big is actual problem for a Google, but in my personal opinion, it's not reality which is causing this, but under-the-hood interests of politics and/or competitors. In other countries politic atmosphere is different and "payload" matter is long closed.
P.S. I am Google fan and never used Apple products, but those antenna issues were much smaller than media presented it. In technical tests they didn't find increased drop calls, etc. (don't have links now)
Again, they used off-the-shelf app which they failed to sanitize. They admitted it. They even discovered it, if I'm not mistaken (an audit they ordered). Application which they did not design collected fractures of seconds of openly broadcast data along with WiFi information they were actually collecting for making location-based services to work more precise. It was an unfortunate mistake. Because of the following opposition raised by people who are making their living out of finding errors and inflating hysteria - hurting evolution of the Web - because of that opposition Google was forced not to use that WiFi data and make location services to work less precise. There was an investigation, and most of the countries already agreed that it was an unfortunate mistake. Still few alarmists like yourself trying to revive a half-dead sensation for mysterious purposes.