FCC Fines Google For Blocking Street View Probe

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Friday fined Google Inc. $25,000 for hindering the agency’s investigation of the company’s collection of personal data sent over unsecured Wi-Fi networks as part of its Street View service, but stopped short of calling the practice unlawful.

The FCC opened its investigation into the search giant’s allegedly mistaken collection of “payload data” — including emails, passwords and other highly sensitive personal information — from nonpassword-protected wireless networks in November 2010, less than a month after the Federal Trade Commission closed its...
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