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FTC Ends Google’s Street View Inquiry, ‘No Penalties’ Announced

U.S. regulators looking at Google’s data grab by “Street View” cars have decided to end their inquiry; “FTC on Wednesday said to Google that it was ending its probe with no penalties.”

The agency noted that Google had recently announced# that it was appointing a director of privacy for engineering and product management, training key employees on privacy and building a formal privacy review into the early phases of new initiatives.

But Google assured FTC that it hadn’t used and wouldn’t use the collected data in any product, the letter said.

“Because of these commitments, we’re ending our inquiry into this matter at this time,” wrote David Vladek, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Google said it welcomed the FTC decision, also noting the improved internal controls. “As we’ve said before and as we’ve assured FTC, we didn’t want and have never used the payload data in any of our products or services,” added a Google spokesperson in an email statement.

Regulators in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, among others, have opened investigations into the matter.


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