Republicans to grill FCC chief on Google ‘Wi-Spy’ probe


Sara Jerome
The Hill
March 30, 2011

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski will face tough questions about his investigation into a privacy breach by Google during a House hearing on Wednesday, according to a House aide.

The aide said Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is expected to question Genachowski on an apparently-lagging FCC probe into the infamous Google Wi-Fi data breach. The FCC probe was announced to great fanfare in November but has yet to produce any publicly available results.

During what privacy groups dubbed the “Wi-Spy” breach, Google collected and stored private data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, including passwords and e-mails.

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