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Watchdog Group Slams Federal Agency For Closing Its Investigation Of Google

November 4, 2010 by  

Watchdog group slams federal agency for closing its investigation of GoogleA nonprofit consumer advocacy group has criticized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for ending its investigation of a Google mapping program.

CNN reports that the FTC has called off its inquiry into Google's "Street View," which had collected and stored passwords and emails from people using Wi-Fi networks. The corporation claimed the data was gathered inadvertently. The Federal agency said that Google has sufficiently addressed the problem and it will not be fined.

The organization Consumer Watchdog responded by saying the FTC has failed to inform the American public on the extent of Google's invasion of privacy. The group suggested that Congress conduct hearings on the matter.

John Simpson, the director of Consumer Watchdog's Inside Google Project, said there is "no excuse" for the FTC to shut down their probe.

"Once again, Google, with its myriad of government connections, gets a free pass," said Simpson. "At a minimum the public deserved a full report about Google's abuses from the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection."

The advocacy group noted that officials in the United Kingdom, which is one of the 30 countries where Street View collected consumer data, have re-opened an investigation of Google's mapping program. In Canada, privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that the company illegally intercepted emails, URLs, passwords and other sensitive data.

In its letter to Google, which was sent on Oct. 27, the FTC said that the company is going to appoint a director of privacy for engineering and product management, according to CNN. In addition, the letter stated that Google intends to delete the user data it had collected." 

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  • s c

    So, does the FTC have plans for doing its job, or is it being run for the benefit of those who cater to the whims and ‘needs’ of the government? Between the AG and the FTC, it seems that proper enforcement of the law and being motivated to protect the law are now not that important. It almost makes a case for the idea that ‘hope and change’ are symptoms of a severe problem, and not at all a sign that justice is being served.

  • Dan az

    It seems to me that the laws only apply to us peons and not to the elite.I would be in the nearest jail in a nano second and probably never see day light again.Thats justice for ya!

    • Teresa

      you got it! Unless you are a wealthy, socialist, democrate donator, or liberial outspoken activist…..your rights mean absolutely nothing in this country anymore.
      You can get away with ANYTHING as long as you support the left in their entirity.

      • j.McConnell

        Or a wealthy loudmouth Rush Limbaugh !!

        • http://naver samurai

          Rush? No way! Now maybe Roger Moore, Al Frankenstein, Obama bin Laden, George Soros, Saul Alinsky, Louis Farrakan, Jerimiah Wright, Hillary, Pelosi, Boxer, etc, yes, this is possible. Remember bub, the patriots are in charge now, so buzz off! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Dan az

            Thanks samurai thats a fact.

        • j.McConnell

          Obama? I voted for McCain but that does not mean I have to support Mr.
          family values Limbaugh(multiple divorcee) Mr. tough on drugs while sending
          his maid out to pick his up. Mr. political commentator who can tell you who
          to vote for yet didn’t do so himself till age 35. You shove off!
          A conservative wack job is just as bad as a liberal nut case.

  • jopa

    It seems to me you people cannot make up your mind if you want the government to investigate business or leave them alone.Or do you want it both ways.All this would amont to is more regulation right?Is that what you want?

    • s c

      J, here’s what no one has ever told you. You are a self-made victim who wants to see everything in terms of black and white. You are quick to accuse, and you rarely back up what you say with FACTS.
      You are a dumbed-down progressive. You do not have a mind of your own. As for conservatives wanting it ‘both ways,’ your head is rammed so far up your arse that to call you childish would be an understatement.
      We want the government to be ACCOUNTABLE, at a distance, anything but greedy, and forced to abide by the Constitution. I realize that you’ll have to get someone to translate this for you, but that’s YOUR problem, J. Until you learn to speak English and be independent of those who control your every waking moment, there is NO reason to waste words on you or anyone like you. COMPRENDE?

    • mickey

      Investigating to adherence of laws doesn’t equate to making a new law. Enforcement is what we want. If a watchdog is ignored, we get what we have today–just look at AZ.

  • meteorlady

    So I didn’t give permission for google to even photograph my personal property and I certainly don’t believe that they “inadvertently” did anything. They have geniuses working in that company and they know exactly what they did.

  • mickey

    I didn’t give Google permission to do anything yet they published my personal information and one can still get more by paying for it. Unlike the public utilities, I have private utilities which can block this information from Google. Didn’t happen.

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