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Advocates, Congressman Call for Action, New Probe Launched

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 17, 2012

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., to launch a new investigation into Google following a Federal Communications Commission probe that resulted in a $25,000 fine. Rep. Ed. Markey (D-MA) has called on Congress to hold a hearing, The Los Angeles Times reports. Google says it will file a response to the FCC report. Meanwhile, the FCC fine has some scoffing. Ryan Calo of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society calls it "a slap on the pinkie." For a company "worth almost $200 billion, this amount is so meaningless it's basically laughable," said an EPIC spokesperson. Under the EU's proposed data protection rules, Google could have paid a $990 million fine. Meanwhile, the FTC is also investigating Google in a case involving the bypassing of default privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser.
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