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FCC Fines Google $25,000 for Impeding Probe of Data-Collection Practices

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking a $25,000 fine from internet giant Google after the company “impeded” and “delayed” a probe of its data-collection practices. The FCC examined how Google secretly collected personal information, including emails and text messages, through its Street View location service. The $25,000 fine is the maximum penalty for failing to comply with an investigation. Google made nearly $3 billion last quarter, or $25,000 in profits every 68 seconds. Google has faced increased scrutiny in recent years over possible privacy violations. In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission dropped its investigation of the Street View service after Google pledged to improve privacy protections.

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