Monday, April 19, 2021

Google Fined by FCC for Impeding Street View Probe

The Washington Post: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cleared Google of charges that it illegally collected data about Wi-Fi networks using its Street View cars, but the agency still wants to fine the company $250,000 for failing to assist with the investigation. “For many months, Google deliberately impeded and delayed the Bureau’s investigation by failing to respond to requests for material information and to provide certifications and verifications of its responses,” the FCC wrote in a filing.

Google disagreed, saying, “As the FCC notes in their report, we provided all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation and we were not found to have violated any laws.” It added, “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”

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