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Google Being Investigated by FCC for Data Collection

Google Inc.’s collection of wireless data using cars taking photographs for the company’s Street View product is being investigated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the agency said today.

“Last month, Google disclosed that its Street View cars collected passwords, e-mails and other personal information wirelessly from unsuspecting people,” said Michele Ellison, chief of the FCC’s enforcement bureau, in an e-mailed message. “The Enforcement Bureau is looking into whether these actions violate the Communications Act.”