updated 05:45 pm EDT, Wed May 2, 2012
Privacy cops claim Google only told what it needed to
European privacy regulators now contend that Google was far less cooperative with them than they had believed during their investigation of the search giant's Wi-Fi capturing scandal. Ars Technica reports that regulators claim they feel as though Google misled them, revealing only as much about the company's culpability as they felt hard evidence required.
Spokespersons for the Hamburg Data Protection Authority, which has headed up an audit of Google's liability in the scandal, contend that Google was not as forthcoming as they could have been with pertinent evidence. Other regulators have related similar concerns to The New York Times, casting doubt on Google's original contention that the privacy breach was the result of a single engineer's accident.
The Wi-Fi scandal is an ongoing embarrassment for Google, as well as the center of a criminal investigation in Germany. In the United States, the search giant may face a $25,000 fine for impeding an investigation into the scandal, though the issue has garnered congressional attention as well, which may result in further investigation, if not stiffer fines.