Proposed EU law would have hit Google with nearly $1 billion in fines
The FCC has cleared Google of any wrongdoing over the WiFi snooping case , but nonetheless hit it with a $25,000 fine for "noncompliance with [FCC] information and document requests." Google, for its part, has repeatedly said it has done nothing illegal, and that its previous practices were a "mistake," despite the fact the FCC found that the Google engineer involved in the project declined to testify. "It seems that the FTC and other regulators around the world weren't able to assess the full scope of the problem without [this withheld information] and may have closed their investigations prematurely," Katitza Rodriguez, the international rights director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Ars on Monday, adding that the technical information was "critical to a proper assessment of what [Google] did." Just to be clear, 25 large is pretty tiny to a company like Google. For a company worth almost $200 billion, this amount is so meaningless it’s basically laughable, particularly when ...
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