The search giant Google has been fined $25,000 for impending a US investigation into the data collection for its Street View project, reports Reuters. The project allows users to see street level images when they map a location. The FCC imposed by fine by saying that Google had collected personal information without permission and had then deliberately not cooperated with the FCC’s investigation.
“Google refused to identify any employees or produce any e-mails. The company could not supply compliant declarations without identifying employees it preferred not to identify,” according to an FCC order dated April 13. “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.”
“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,” the company said in a statement. “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”