Opinion: FCC's Ruling that Google's Wi-Fi Snooping is Legal Sets Horrible Precedent
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 17/04/2012 19:26
Anyone looking for assurance that the privacy of their home wireless networks would be protected from snoopers by government regulators won't find it in the Federal Communication Commission's recent action against Google.
The FCC fined Google $25,000 for impeding the agency's investigation into reports that Google snooped on Wi-Fi networks as its vehicles gathered information for its maps service.
Google fined by FCC for impeding Street View probe
The Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of charges that it illegally collected WiFi data using its Street View cars, but fined the company $25,000 for obstructing the bureau's investigation.
According to the FCC filing, the company has not been helping U.S. regulators look into the matter. "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 filing said.