FCC fines Google for blocking StreetView WiFi investigation2012-04-16 09:47 by Daniela
Search giant Google has been fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for impeding its investigation of the search giant's Street View cars, which inadvertently collected payload data including emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
Google's collection of data over Wi-Fi networks through its roving Street View cars first came under fire in Europe. Last March, France's CNIL consumer advocacy commission fined the company 100,000 Euros for the unauthorized collection of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
The company has said that the collection of such data was inadvertent, the data itself was never used, and that the company has worked with the relevant authorities to dispose of it.
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