Google has been imposed a fine of $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the Internet giant collected personal information without seeking any official permission from the authority via its Street View Project. According to FCC, Google deliberately didn’t cooperate with the authority and refused to reveal the names of its engineers associated with this Project.
Started in 2007, the Street View Project collected data from Wi-Fi networks across the world 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. But FCC believes that Google also collected passwords, Internet usage history and other sensitive personal data which was not required for the project followed by which the authority issued an investigation against the giant.
However, Google has challenged the authority saying the company has “provided all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation. We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”