FCC Fines Google Over Street View Debacle

April 16th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Google is braced for new legal challenges as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fines the search engine giant for being too slow in cooperating with its investigation into Street View’s alleged unlawful collection of data.

The FCC imposes Google a maximum $25,000 fine, adding that the Mountain View-based company has “deliberately impeded and delayed” the investigation for months.

The investigation has to do with Google’s harvesting of payload data in Germany between 2007 and 2010, in which Google’s cars equipped with Street View cameras meant to map the country’s roads were found to be also harvesting information from unprotected WiFi networks, including contents of emails. Google claimed such data harvesting was accidental and unauthorized.

However, the FCC claimed Google has failed to produced documents when ordered to, even omitting to identify the staff involved. Google is also accused of failing to produce any relevant emails, claiming that such task would be time-consuming and burdensome, while providing staff members involved in the Street View debacle would serve “no useful purpose.”

Source: TG Daily