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Google fined by FCC over Street View

Posted By admin On April 16, 2012 @ 3:07 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Charles Arthur
London Guardian [1]
April 16, 2012

Google has been fined $25,000 for impeding a US investigation into its collection of wireless network data for its Street View project, which allows users to see street level images when they map a location.

The Federal Communications Commission imposed the fine late on Friday, saying Google had collected personal information without permission and had then deliberately not co-operated with the FCC’s investigation.

The company collected the data between 2007 and 2010, when a car driving around various locations in the US and, later, Europe, took photos of locations from public places – but also collected information from unprotected Wi-Fi networks, including the location, name and in some cases the content including emails.

The FCC’s investigation was left unresolved, according to the New York Times [2], because one key participant – the Google engineer in charge of the project – cited Fifth Amendement rights and declined to talk to it. The US constitution’s Fifth Amendment protects the right to silence of someone accused by the government of a crime.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/16/google-fined-fcc-street-view

[2] according to the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/technology/fccs-google-case-leaves-unanswered-questions.html

[3] Google’s Street View ‘snoops’ on Congress members: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-street-view-snoops-on-congress-members.html

[4] 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

[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 Raided by Korea Police in Probe of Street View: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-raided-by-korea-police-in-probe-of-street-view.html

[7] Google told to delete Street View payload data or face UK prosecution: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-told-to-delete-street-view-payload-data-or-face-uk-prosecution.html

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