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FCC Fines Google $25,000

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 16, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that Google "deliberately impeded and delayed" an investigation into its Street View data collection and has fined the company $25,000. The FCC report differs significantly in tone from a Federal Trade Commission report last year, which accepted Google's explanation that it was "mortified by what happened" when it was collecting data for its Street View project and promised improvements, reports The New York Times. But the FCC said in its report that Google "repeatedly failed to respond to requests for e-mails and other information and refused to identify the employees involved," and "unilaterally determined that to do so would 'serve no useful purpose.'" (Registration may be required to access to this story.)
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