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FCC Fines Google $25,000 for Impeding Data Collection Investigation

Google Street View carThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed a $25,000 fine on Google recently for impeding a U.S. investigation. The search giant has been tangled in a legal mess with regulators after it admitted to collecting personal data without permission from unencrypted Wi-Fi connections while it was taking photos for its Street View project.

Google purposely chose not to fully cooperate over the course of the FCC’s investigation, Reuters said. The firm reportedly refused to identify employees and did not share company e-mails.

“Misconduct of this nature threatens to compromise the commission’s ability to effectively investigate possible violations of the Communications Act and the commission’s rules,” an FCC order from April 13 said.

Google challenged the ruling in a statement of its own, saying it provided “all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation.” Google also said it “[disagrees] with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”

Google want or needs, the publicity that the FCC’s fine will leverage, especially because the company has been dealing with multiple privacy issues. However, a $25,000 seems like a slap on the wrist for the Mountain View company.

[via Reuters]

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