The Feds are taking a close look at Google’s “Street View” — and it isn’t to see if they can find their neighbors’ homes.
The Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether Google broke the law in crafting the street-level mapping service. Google has acknowledged that it inadvertently sucked up chunks of e-mails, Internet passwords, Web surfing behavior and other online activities over public Wi-Fi networks while photographing neighborhoods for Street View. The investigation comes two weeks after the FTC concluded its own inquiry into the problem. While the FTC criticized Google, the agency said it was satisfied that Google had taken steps to improve its privacy controls.