FTC Dropping Investigation of Google’s Street View

Posted by at 3:28 pm on October 27, 2010

The FTC is dropping its investigation into Google Street View’s unintentional Wi-Fi snooping. Officials at the the FTC said that Google’s tougher internal privacy rules combined with a promise from Google were enough to drop complaints. ¬† Google convinced the FTC that it hadn’t and wouldn’t use any of the sensitive data it had scraped while driving Street View cars, according to a statement.

The FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau director, David Vladek, stipulated only that Google should be more active in communicating what it does about ¬†privacy. Google had said it was requiring privacy plans for all its projects and was appointing an overseer for both of its main groups to guarantee privacy was a common concern.

Google is still under scrutiny from South Korea and other countries.

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