Google’s problem is that it now believes itself above others – even governments

The FCC revelations showing that Google’s engineer knew that Street View would collect data, followed by the company’s obstructive behaviour to the investigation, show that it has grown too big for its managementIt’s never the offence; it’s the cover-up. And if there’s one thing that the last few years have taught us, it’s that the suggestion of a “rogue” worker having acted alone to do something which led to an intrusion is never correct. There has to be a failure of management oversight as well.That’s why Google is in such hot water now over the revelations contained in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report into what went wrong with its Street View Wi-Fi data collection program.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/may/01/google-street-view-data-fccAlso see:Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified
At the center of the uproar over a Google project that scooped up personal data from potentially millions of unsuspecting people is the company software engineer who wrote the code.Google has declined to identify the engineer, as has the Federal Communications Commission. The F.C.C. recently closed its 17-month inquiry into the project, Street View, with a finding that Google broke no laws but had obstructed its investigation.
www.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/technology/engineer-in-googles-street-view-is-identified.html

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