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FCC investigates Google for Street View privacy breach

Posted By admin On November 11, 2010 @ 10:29 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Cecilia Kang
Washington Post
Nov 11, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it is investigating a data breach by Google, whose Street View mapping cars scooped up e-mail addresses and passwords from unencrypted residential Wi-Fi networks.

“Last month, Google disclosed that its Street View cars collected passwords, e-mails and other personal information wirelessly from unsuspecting people across the country,” said Michele Ellison, the FCC’s enforcement bureau chief. “In light of their public disclosure, we can now confirm that the Enforcement Bureau is looking into whether these actions violate the Communications Act.”

She said the investigation was intended to ensure consumers affected “receive a full and fair accounting.”

The FCC wouldn’t describe details of its investigation, first reported by The Wall Street Journal. But communications law experts said the investigation likely focuses on a federal law that prohibits the unauthorized publication or use of messages that are intercepted over radio networks. The investigation comes weeks after the Federal Trade Commission closed its own investigation into Google’s Street View privacy lapse.

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[4] Google Street View ‘single biggest breach of privacy in history’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-street-view-single-biggest-breach-of-privacy-in-history.html

[5] FCC: Google staff knew of Street View data breach: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fcc-google-staff-knew-of-street-view-data-breach.html

[6] Google finally admits that its Street View cars DID take emails and passwords from computers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-finally-admits-that-its-street-view-cars-did-take-emails-and-passwords-from-computers.html

[7] Google Street-View Car Searched by Paris Privacy Regulators Before Ruling: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-street-view-car-searched-by-paris-privacy-regulators-before-ruling.html

[8] Google fined by FCC over Street View: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-fined-by-fcc-over-street-view.html

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