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New Google inquiry demanded after “slap on the wrist” $25k fine

New Google inquiry demanded after “slap on the wrist” $25k fine

Complaints over the FCC's $25,000 fine of Google for its Street View data collection have escalated into demands for a new investigation, with privacy advocates and members of congress voicing concerns that Google got off too lightly. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) blasted Google and the FCC yesterday then promptly filed a letter of complaint to the US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the Boston Herald reports, arguing that even the FCC itself admitted the investigation was insufficient.

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Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google may have been fined by the FCC for its behavior around the Street View investigation, but privacy watchdogs are still foaming at the mouth that the search giant has been let off the hook for gathering WiFi details. The US Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has taken the FCC to tasks for what it sees as a "surprising" decision to clear Google of violating the federal wiretap act, despite a US federal court ruling otherwise.

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Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine

Way back in the year 2010 Google was accused and essentially found guilty of (perhaps accidentally) using their Google Maps street mapping cars to collect personal information from Wi-fi networks. As they drove through your neighborhood, they collected all the data there was to be had floating around the area - or so that's what the situation seemed to be when Google explained that they were "mortified by what happened" when the news broke. Now the FCC is fining Google saying that they had "deliberately impeded and delayed" an investigation into this situation - this fine totaling $25,000 this month.

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FCC initiative will create smartphone thief database

FCC initiative will create smartphone thief database

You know how when you're watching a bloated crime drama on TV and the cops have DNA of the suspect, they punch it into their murderer database to figure out who it must be? Imagine if law enforcement officials wanted to create that kind of database for people who steal iPhones. That is effectively what the Federal Communications Commission aims to achieve with its latest initiative. Except it won't be DNA. It'll be mobile ID numbers that the government uses to track down suspects.

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FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

The FCC and wireless carriers are working together on a new plan that would try and discourage the theft of cellphones by rendering them useless once reported stolen. They hope to create a national database of stolen cellphones in coordination with law enforcement bodies across the country, allowing carriers to disable voice and data services on stolen phones altogether.

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US stolen phone block system incoming

US stolen phone block system incoming

US carriers have joined the FCC and law enforcement in establishing a central database to track and block stolen phones, in addition to pushing for tougher legislation for those that modify handsets' unique identifiers. The system, due to be announced later today according to the NYTimes, has the backing ofAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and others, with a target of cross-network identification and disabling in place within 18 months.

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Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola’s Android Home Phones visit the FCC

Motorola is preparing two cordless phones for your home that run on Android and potentially on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version. The models HS1101 and MBP2000PU showed up at the FCC en route for launch that will bring some of the more advanced smartphone features to your good old landline phone.

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Password Privacy bill killed in House

Password Privacy bill killed in House

An attempt to make employers demanding access to Facebook passwords illegal has been killed off by the US House of Representatives, with arguments between political parties seeing the privacy amendment voted off the table. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter had suggested attaching an amendment [pdf link] to H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, which would have specifically added social networking access protection. However, the amendment was rejected by 236 to 184.

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Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast takes net neutrality fire over Xfinity Xbox streaming

Comcast announced their Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 not long ago, allowing you to stream content from Comcast for free as part of your internet and TV package. The company also said that whatever you stream to your XBox 360 won’t count towards the 250GB data cap. Good news for customers planning to make use of the service, but what about the deeper implications to net neutrality?

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Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

An unannounced Chromebook from Sony has surfaced on the FCC website this week. The Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook has been pictured in several photos along with a user manual, all of which were recently published after the FCC's confidentiality agreement with Sony had lifted. The original filing actually dates back to last September.

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