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New Probe Of Google Is Urged

Publication Date: 
April 17, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Jessica Guynn and Jim Puzzanghera

Director of Privacy and Robotics at the Center for Internet and Society M. Ryan Calo spoke with Jessica Guynn and Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times to discuss the trivial fine placed against Google by the FCC.

Privacy watchdogs are urging the nation’s top law enforcer to launch a new investigation into Google Inc. after the Federal Communications Commission did not find evidence that the Mountain View, Calif., company broke eavesdropping laws in collecting Internet data from millions of unknowing U.S. households.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, the Washington advocacy group that filed the original complaint with the FCC over Google’s controversial data-collection practices, sent a letter Monday to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. calling the FCC’s probe insufficient.


Ryan Calo, director of privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, called the proposed $25,000 fine a “slap on the pinkie.”