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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:24 PM

FCC proposes fine for Google Wi-Fi snooping case 'obstruction'

By Zack Whittaker | April 14, 2012, 5:07pm PDT

Summary: The U.S. FCC has proposed a $25,000 fine after Google ?impeded and delayed? an investigation into collecting wireless payload data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $25,000 fine against Google for ?deliberately impeded and delayed? an ongoing investigation into whether it breached federal laws over its street-mapping service, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The FCC initiated an investigation in 2010 after Google collected and stored payload data from unencrypted wireless networks as part of its Google Maps Street View service. Its intended use, Google says, was to build up a list of Wi-Fi network hotspots to aid geolocation services on mobile devices through ?assisted-GPS?.

The U.S. followed suit after many European countries, including Germany, which has some of the strictest data protection and privacy laws in the world. But the European nation went one step further and told Google to withdraw its Street View cars from the country altogether.

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com...struction/74173