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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

EU Commissioner Calls Google an "Orwellian surveillance apparatus"

Back in April, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google Inc. $25,000 after finding that Google "deliberately impeded and delayed" its investigation into the manner in which it collected photographic data for "Street View."  Google has a market cap of more than $200 billion, so it is unlikely that such a fine will deter it from taking pictures wherever it pleases and impeding and delaying any ensuing investigation by a United States agency.

However, Google must now defend its privacy practices before lawmakers in Europe and it might not be as easy.  Initial comments out of Europe show that many of their leaders are offended by Google's history of taking pictures of and stealing wireless data from unsuspecting households.  In fact, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's called Google an "Orwellschem Uberwachungsapparat" -- German for "Orwellian surveillance apparatus."

For now, regulators in Germany and France are continuing to analyze whether Google's practices violate European data-protection laws.

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