FCC Targets Google Over Wi-Fi Data Collection2010.11.11 09:50 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Google, Wi-Fi
Google escaped an FTC investigation without incurring any penalties, but now they face a new investigation from the Federal Communications Commission over data they collected off unencrypted wireless networks with their Street View cars, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The FCC confirmed the investigation began earlier this year after privacy advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center sent a complaint in May. Google has admitted to collecting the personal data, including e-mails and passwords, but called it a mistake.
If Google is found to have intentionally violated laws to prevent electronic eavesdropping, the company could face fines of up to $50,000 for each violation.
"As the agency charged with overseeing the public airwaves, we are committed to ensuring that the consumers affected by this breach of privacy receive a full and fair accounting," said Michele Ellison, the chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, in a statement.
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