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Google is Faulted for Impeding U.S. Inquiry on Data Collection - New York Times

Search engine giant Google is drawing fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its attempts to delay an investigation into unauthorized collection of data.  Google's Street View program, which uses panoramic cameras mounted to vehicles to add eye-level views to Google Maps, apparently gathered more data than originally thought.  The investigation believes that in addition to images, the vehicles also captured unencrypted data from wi-fi signals within its range.  While unauthorized by the owners of the wireless router owners, collection of the unencrypted data is said to be perfectly legal.  It is believed this collection occured over the course of three years.  Google faces a $25,000 fine from the FCC for impeding the investigation.  Just last year Google was fined $140,000 by the French government for privacy violations made by its Street View program.


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