The Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of charges that it illegally collected WiFi data using its Street View cars, but fined the company $25,000 for obstructing the bureau’s investigation.
According to the FCC filing, the company has not been helping U.S. regulators look into the matter. “For many months, Google deliberately impeded and delayed the Bureau’s investigation by failing to respond to requests for material information and to provide certifications and verifications of its responses,” the filing said.
The agency subpoenaed a Google engineer, identified only as Engineer Doe, who then invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.
Google has said previously that the data collection was accidental, and the company has been under scrutiny for the practice in Canada, France and the Netherlands. The company has said that it will submit a response to the filing, and that it takes issue with some of what was said in the document.
“As the FCC notes in their report, we provided all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation and we were not found to have violated any laws,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”
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