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FCC Begin Investigaton into Google Street View’s WiFi Data Collection

Although the FTC ended its investigation into Google’s collection of personal data via unsecured WiFi networks, now the Wall Street Journal report “FCC is investigating whether Google broke federal laws when its street-mapping service collected consumers’ personal information personal data between 2007 and May, 2010, joining a lengthy list of regulators and lawmakers probing what Google says was the inadvertent harvesting of private data sent over wireless networks.

Key Republicans and Democrats in Congress have indicated that the privacy issues raised by Google’s Street View data collection could be a factor when lawmakers consider new Internet privacy legislation next year.

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, a senior Republican lawmaker, suggested last week on C-SPAN that Google’s data collection wasn’t accidental and that it was “something to look at.”

A Google spokesman declined to comment on the FCC probe but said the company had “assured the FTC, which has closed its inquiry, we didn’t want and have never used the payload data in any of our products and services.”


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