Privacy groups and lawmakers are calling for a new and
broader investigation into Google and its privacy practices after
the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
announced that it found no evidence that the company broke
Late last week, the FCC reported that there was no legal
precedent to find fault with Google collecting unprotected
home Wi-Fi data, such as personal email, passwords and search
histories, with its roaming Street View cars between 2007 and
2010. However, the FCC did fine Google $ 25,000 for
obstructing its investigation.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a
national privacy watchdog, disagreed with the FCC findings. In
a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today, EPIC
asked that the Department of Justice investigate Google’s
surreptitious collecting of Wi-Fi data from residential networks.
U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey, a senior member of the U.S.
House Energy and Commerce Committee, has also stepped into
“The circumstances surrounding Google’s siphoning of
personal information leave many unanswered questions,”
Markey said today in an email to Computerworld. “I believe
Congress should immediately hold a hearing to get to the
bottom of this serious situation.” Internet: <www.computerworld.com> (adapted).
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