FCC Fines Google $25,000 Over Street View WiFi Issues

Posted Apr 15, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered Google to pay a paltry $25,000 for delaying an investigation into reports that the Street View cars were collecting personal information from WiFi networks. Google Street View is a service built into Google Maps and Google Earth that lets you view first-hand what a specific location looks like as captured by a Google Street View car. Sometimes the Street View cars inadvertently captures pedestrians at the worst moments as displayed by our funny Google Street View post. The case against Google started in 2010 when it was discovered that Google Street View cars were collecting personal data such as e-mails and web history from open WiFi networks.

The FCC has cleared Google from doing anything illegal in this case. Google said that the data collection was unintentional and the cars used open WiFi networks to ensure that their GPS coordinates were as accurate as possible. The FCC said that Google did not respond to requests for emails and other information to help with the investigation. The FCC wanted to know which Google employees were involved in collecting the WiFi data.