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Google Releases Full FCC Street View Report

google maps street view Google Releases Full FCC Street View Report On Friday evening, Google released the full 25-page document detailing the recent investigation by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) into Google Street View. The Google Street View project, which used hundreds of high-tech cars equipped with special photographic equipment to collect images of streets, enabled Google Maps to provide users with 360-degree views of streets worldwide. However, in addition to collecting street imagery, Google was simultaneously collecting private data related to the wireless networks within people’s homes.

Although Google initially denied that they were collecting private data from unprotected Wi-Fi networks, the search company later admitted that one Google engineer had mistakenly collected data and that he had acted alone. While the FCC investigation found that the unnamed Google engineer had told several other engineers and at least one senior manager of his plans to collect sensitive data, it indicated a high likelihood that he acted alone in creating the data collection scheme.

Jill Hazelbaker, the head of corporate communications at Google, indicated that the search giant cooperated fully with the investigation and hoped to put it behind them soon:

“We decided to voluntarily make the entire document available except for the names of individuals. While we disagree with some of the statements made in the document, we agree with the FCC’s conclusion that we did not break the law. We hope that we can now put this matter behind us.”

According to the FCC report, Google gathered “highly sensitive personal information” including: text messages, emails, passwords, and Internet-usage history.  Since the wiretap laws were unclear and the unnamed Google engineer was not willing to testify, the FCC ultimately decided not to penalize Google for the collection of data. However, due to not fully cooperating with the FCC investigation, Google was fined $25,000.

Sources Include: The Wall Street Journal & Bloomberg
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 Google Releases Full FCC Street View Report

David Angotti

After successfully founding and exiting an educational startup in 2009, I began helping companies with business development, search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), conversion rate optimization (CRO), online marketing, mergers and acquisition, product development, and branding. Now, I am focused on a new startup in the travel and tourism market niche.
 Google Releases Full FCC Street View Report

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4 thoughts on “Google Releases Full FCC Street View Report

  1. If google collects the confidential data of peoples then they should completely destroy it from their database and then it will be really helpful for them to justify themselves. The company like google should avoid this kind of stuff to avoid penalization.
    Great awareness stuff David

  2. This is a great project being released by Google. It definitely would be a great help for us in getting a street view of the place without even going at the destination.This is good that it applies to world wide places too. Hats off to for such a marvelous concept and thanks David for sharing this.

  3. This is a great project being released by Google. It definitely would be a great help for us in getting a street view of the place without even going at the destination.This is good that it applies to world wide places too. Hats off to Google for such a marvelous concept and thanks David for sharing this.

  4. Have you ever wondered how Google can pinpoint your exact house location when you click on the little “my location” button in Google Maps? Wifi is a great way to broadcast your location. I noticed that following the Google Street View release in Canada, the location accuracy of my house was precise. Kind of chilling actually.

    But, on another note, if we didn’t have Google Street View, we would miss out on these entertaining images: http://www.streetviewfunny.com We would also miss out on high quality Google maps generated via Google Street View GPS tracks.