Washington: Google Inc faces a $25,000 fine for hold up a US investigation into the Web search leader’s data collection for its Street View project, which permits users to perceive street level images when they map a location.
The Federal Communications Commission said that the company had collects personal information without permission, and cited verification that Google had intentionally rejected to cooperate with the agency.
According to an FCC, “Google refused to identify any employees or produce any e-mails. The company could not supply compliant declarations without identifying employees it preferred not to identify.”
“Misconduct of this nature threatens to compromise the commission’s ability to effectively investigate possible violations of the Communications Act and the commission’s rules.”
Between May 2007 and May 2010, Google collects data from wifi networks all over US and throughout the world as part of the Street View project, which gives users of Google Map and Google Earth the ability to view street level images of structures and land adjacent to roads and highways.
The FCC said that Google collects passwords, Internet usage history and other extremely sensitive personal data that was not required for its location database project.
Google openly acknowledged in May 2010 that it had collects the alleged payload data, leading to an FCC investigation on whether it had violates the Communications Act.