May 10, 2012–Data mining and privacy are two hot issues at the moment largely in part to such stories making headlines such as Google’s Street View conspiracy. Consumers and those in the data mining and analytics industry are suspicious of some of the practices going on under the innocent guise of data collection. In Google’s case some pretty tough questions are being asked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A newreport released by Google exposes cracks in their original alibi according to a Care 2 Make a Difference article, “Google Street View Data Mining Not Due to A “Rogue” Engineer”.
“As the full version of the report reveals, when the Street View program was created, “privacy considerations” were supposed to be discussed with “Product Counsel” but (says the report) “that never occurred.” Google initially refused to allow regulators to see what data had been collected, claiming that the data was legal and that privacy and wiretapping laws would be violated if it did so.”
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