French Regulators Want More Information From Google
Finally, Google has not provided a practical answer on the way the ePrivacy Directive is applied for Google's 'passive users,' i.e., the persons who use Google's services [advertising, analytics, +1 button] when they visit third-party Websites, CNIL officials said.
The FCC said in its report that it could not find any evidence of legal wrongdoing on the part of Google, in part because the company deliberately impeded and delayed the commissions investigation by refusing to provide information and documents requested as part of the investigation. In addition, an unnamed Google engineer who created the software that collected the WiFi data did not testify at a deposition, instead invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Google executives disputed the FCCs claim, saying they provided all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation, and we were not found to have violated any laws."
Google had claimed the collection of the personal WiFi dataincluding passwords, emails and search historieswas the work of a rogue engineer. But soon after the FCC fine, it was learned that the engineer, Marius Milner, had told at least two other Google employees that such payload data was being collected.
The revelation renewed calls by privacy advocates and some politicians in both the United States and Europe to reopen the investigations into Googles Street View program.