British officials announced that Google violated UK data protection laws when the company's Street View cars collected wifi data from private wireless networks. In lieu of a fine, Google UK will undergo an audit and must sign a commitment to ensure that data protection breaches do not happen again. UK Information Commissioner stated that "the collection of this information was not fair or lawful and constitutes a significant breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act.". EPIC is requesting documents from the US Federal Trade Commission under the Freedom of Information Act to determine why the agency ended the US inquiry into Google Street View, even after members of Congress urged a comprehensive investigation. For more information, see EPIC: Street View.
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