Google has released the full report of the Federal Communications Commissionís investigation into the data it collected and stored from millions of unknowing households across the nation while operating specially equipped cars for its Street View service.
The search giant released the report, which had had heavily redacted passages, after wrangling with the FCC over which details could be publicly revealed. The report now blacks out only the names of individuals. It reveals new details and raises new questions about how Google captured personal information over a two-year period. Google has said that it was mapping wireless networks but that collecting personal data was "inadvertent."
It reveals new details and raises new questions about how Google captured personal information over a two-year period. Google has said that it was mapping wireless networks but that collecting personal data was "inadvertent."
Yeah, right. Absolutely.
8:29 pm on Apr 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hey man, they said they wanted to organize the world's knowledge... even if it was just a skype message between you and your wife.
12:49 am on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
[The FCC] slapped Google with a fine of $25,000 for obstructing its investigation
I don't have a calculator with enough decimal points, but I think it takes Google .00000000000000001 of a second to earn that.
2:44 am on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google was caught lying, again, and your privacy is NOT safe with this company, not much surprise there. What is a surprise is the piddly 25,000 penalty.
Since they were lying can the people who's data was spied on file civil suits now?
11:33 am on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
If an individual or small company undertakes inappropriate activity of this kind e.g. 'inadvertently' caputuring private information, can they now ask that the fine be the same fraction of their income as Google's fine?
6:48 pm on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
[The FCC] slapped Google with a fine of $25,000 for obstructing its investigation.
Of course, so long as the $cost$ of the violation is far less than the $reward$ for the violation, there is surely no encouragement to discontinue the violation.
11:17 am on May 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
As News International are finding it is the cover up that is the thing that causes the real problems.
Though as the guy is not just some junior developer doing this its the guy that wrote netstumbler which is a decidedly a dual use piece of software.
I could understand grabbing all the data frames for later ofline processing its makes sense from an "engineering" perspective it appears he is on the record that he wanted to analyses the payload data.