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Company's Controversial Data Collection Not Rogue Act

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 30, 2012

Less than two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its investigation report on Google's Street View project, Google released a less redacted version, The Wall Street Journal reports. The report supports the company's contention that the data collection scheme was initiated by one employee, but the employee allegedly shared the plan with other employees, including a senior manager, suggesting the company could have moved more swiftly to halt the activity, the article states. The report revealed a "to do" list that included the item "Discuss privacy considerations with Product Counsel." According to the report, "That never occurred." A Google spokeswoman said the company agrees "with the FCC's conclusion that we did not break the law" and hopes that "we can now put this matter behind us." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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