According to recent reports, Google has to fork
out $25,000 to pay up for a fine as the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that
the search giant failed to give enough information about its Street
View service collecting information about private Wi-Fi hubs, when
it was not granted permission to do so.
The FCC's investigation kicked off in May 2010 which suggested
that Google did not show signs of full co-operation which is why
the commission resorted to imposing a fine on the company.
The FCC wrote in an order, saying:
"Google refused to identify any employees or produce any
emails. The company could not supply compliant declarations without
identifying employees it preferred not to identify.
"Misconduct of this nature threatens to compromise the
commission's ability to effectively investigate possible violations
of the Communications Act and the commission's rules."
However, Google had a contrasting view saying that it provided
all the documents the FCC required and that it did not agree with
paying up the fine. It said that an appeal is
definitely in the stars:
"We disagree with the FCC's characterisation of our
co-operation in their investigation and will be filing a
The FFC isn't the only body that is looking into
Google's Street View operation, the Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO) as well as the Metropolitan
Police too are carrying out their own investigations.