The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is seeks to fine the search engine giant Google Inc. $25,000 because of not cooperating with the investigation into the company’s gathered personal data through wireless networks.
Google impeded and delayed the probe for a couple of months, which involved, SMS, e-mail, as well as other private information obtained in association with Google’s Street View location service, based on an FCC filing on April 13.
Having a market value reaching $203.5 billion, Google protected its intervention with the agency.
“We worked in good faith to answer the FCC’s questions throughout the inquiry, and we’re pleased that they have concluded that we complied with the law,’’ Google stated in an e-mail, they also said that they have not violated any laws in the investigation with the FCC.
Sunday, Google said in an email, “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.’’
This past year, Google agreed upon 20 years of independent privacy audits to settle down statements with the FTC that it misled people and broken their own privacy policies with the social network Buzz. As the FCC penalty fine will have small monetary impression, it’s a larger strike in the court of public opinion, according to analyst Greg Sterling.
Several lawmakers have a bad view of search engine company, and this issue reinforces or contributes more to the image problem.
Federal Communications Commission stated it wasn’t punishing Google for breaking laws towards illegal interception of communications. “There is not clear precedent,’’ according to FCC in the filing.