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Privacy watchdog, members of

Privacy watchdog, members of
Congress slam FCC’s $25,000 fine as
“mere slap on the wrist” for NSA
linked search engine giant

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  • Rights Group Demands Investigation IntoIllegal Google WiretappingSteve WatsonPrisonplanet.comApril 19, 2012Privacy watchdog, members ofCongress slam FCC’s $25,000 fine as“mere slap on the wrist” for NSAlinked search engine giantA privacy rights groups has demandeda new investigation into Google’scollection of personal data from thewireless internet networks ofAmericans via by its “Street View”vehicles, noting that the practiceviolates wiretapping laws.The Electronic Privacy InformationCenter (EPIC) wrote to AttorneyGeneral Eric Holder this week, askingfor the Department of Justice to open another investigation into the matter following an“inadequate” Federal Trade Commission investigation and a proposal by the FederalCommunications Commission to fine the search engine giant just $25,000 for attempting toobstruct the probe. The Commission found that Google impeded the investigation by “delaying its search for and production of responsive emails and other communications, by failing to identify employees, and by withholding verification of the completeness and accuracy of its submissions.” Marc Rotenberg, EPIC’s executive director, wrote. “By the agency’s own admission, the investigation conducted was inadequate and did not address the applicability of federal wiretapping law to Google’s interception of emails, usernames, passwords, browsing histories, and other personal information.” Rotenberg noted. POinting out that the FCC relied purely on Google’s own statements and did not even review the contents of the data intercepted by Google, Rotenberg added:
  • “Much of the information uncovered bythe FCC’s investigation was redacted,and Google’s obstruction prevented theagency from determining the merits ofthe underlying substantive issues:whether Google’s interception of Wi-Ficommunications violated the WiretapAct,” Rotenberg argued. “Finally, theFCC ignored legal precedent holdingthat the contents of unencrypted Wi-Finetworks were protected by the WiretapAct.”EPIC also sent copies of its letter toseveral members of Congress, who haveexpressed support.Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey, said that “[t]his fine is a mere slap on the wrist forGoogle,” and called for a more comprehensive investigation.“Google’s Street View cars drove right over consumers’ personal privacy while cruising citystreets and neighborhoods,” Markey said in a statement. “I am concerned that more needs to bedone to fully investigate the company’s understanding of what happened when consumer data wascollected without their knowledge or permission.”Senator Richard Blumenthal noted that “Google’s interception and collection of private wirelessdata potentially violates the Wiretap Act or other federal statutes, and I believe the JusticeDepartment and state attorneys general should fully investigate this matter.”The FCC said that Google had not violated the federal Wiretap Act, despite a US federal courtruling that unencrypted Wi-Fi data and communications are not exempt from the protections ofthe Wiretap Act.In addition, several other countries have found Google guilty of violating national privacy laws,following the data collection activity that dates back to 2007 and was exposed in May 2010.As we have previously highlighted, Google has an intimate and secret relationship with theNational Security Agency, as well as ties to the CIA going back to the company’s inception.Both Google and the agencies in question have refused to elaborate on the relationship, and theDepartment of Justice has actively worked to keep the information out of the public domain. http://www.infowars.com/