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Why the FCC Fined Google Just 68 Seconds in Profits

Posted on Apr 17, 2012
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By Justin Elliott, ProPublica

This piece originally appeared at ProPublica.

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it is slapping a fine on Google for deliberately impeding an investigation of the collection of sensitive wireless network data as part of the search giant’s Street View mapping project. The amount of the fine: $25,000.

That figure is, of course, barely a rounding error for the company. Google made $2.89 billion last quarter, or $25,000 in profits every 68 seconds.

Nevertheless, the FCC Enforcement Bureau report announcing the fine says the $25,000 level is intended “to deter future misconduct in view of Google’s ability to pay.”

The FCC found that Google Street View cars, which were taking pictures for Google Maps, also collected passwords, email and medical records, among other data, from residents’ WiFi networks. Google has apologized for collecting the data but maintains it was legal.


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The report states that the FCC actually ramped up the fine. The base fine for the violations was $12,000.

The report also notes that the commission has elected to increase fines “[t]o ensure that a proposed forfeiture is not treated as simply a cost of doing business.”

In the section discussing the size of the fine, a footnote points to Google’s vast revenue:


The FCC could have levied a larger fine, but it still wouldn’t have amounted to much for Google. As the report says, the maximum allowed by law for stonewalling the FCC’s investigation as Google did is $112,500 per violation.

The report counts three violations by Google: “failures to identify employees, produce e-mails, and provide compliant declarations.” So, the total fine could have been $337,500, or about 15 minutes of profits.

The report says the FCC decided on $25,000 based on “the totality of the circumstances of this case” and “our precedent in other failure to respond cases.”

An FCC spokeswoman declined to comment on how the fine was calculated or how it would serve as a deterrent.

The company, for its part, disputed the FCC’s findings in a statement: “We disagree with the FCC’s characterization of our cooperation in their investigation and will be filing a response.”

Google will have recouped the fine in less than the time it took you to read this.


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By JAKE345, April 25, 2012 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

Hey Blogdog!! Voting means a hell of a lot to the elite. It only takes four (4) votes for a so-called three party system??? to fill any puppetized position. When you have the masses voting, the subject matter is not the seat or the function of the politically elected but the aquired research data from the masses, that becomes a focal point for the further control of the ever changing masses. I was once asked if I thought the most powerful weapon in the world was a nuclear bomb. I replied “To those who think by the power of total might…. maybe”. However, the power of economics rules and directs all might. The best way for you to create a systematic whore is to make that whore solely dependent upon systematic economics that you control. A systematic whore will destroy his or her own blood for the sake of economic fortification. (If you got the money honey I got the time). History is not only fact but also a S O B. We can always point fingers at one or another but it depends on who is standing on whos shoulders when the shit flows downhill. The concern then becomes how high, after reching bottom, will that shit pile. How long can one tread shit…? How long can one keep from surcomming to the smell of shit?


P.S. I to be a REAL GRUNT programmed with false pride. Now I just think about the house cleaning of over 60,000.

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By blogdog, April 23, 2012 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Jake - the most curious thing is this: the need to keep the grunts in the trenches mesmerized and working overtime, since upon serious study one quickly learns that most of the terrorism in the world is authored in the bowels of Langley, Vauxhall Cross and Tel Aviv

Here’s something might be more clever than joining the Occupy Movement - everyone you know, I know, we all know posts or sends email at least once a day containing some of the NSA key words… might crash their whole system - at least an interesting experiment - think they got 50 million prison cells waiting in the wings…  maybe 8 years from November… why November… think these elections mean anything?


The List Of Carnivore And Eschelon Keywords

The list below contains many of the keywords the Government Spooks search YOUR email and chat for.

Explosives, guns, assassination, conspiracy, primers, detonators, initiators,  main charge, nuclear charges, ambush, sniping, motorcade, IRS, BATF, jtf-6,  mjtf, hrt, srt, hostages, munitions, weapons, TNT, rdx, amfo, hmtd, picric acid,  silver nitrite, mercury fulminate, presidential motorcade, salt peter, charcoal,  sulfur, c4, composition b, amatol, petn, lead azide, lead styphante, ddnp,  tetryl, nitrocellulose, nitrostarch, mines, grenades, rockets, fuses, delay mechanism, mortars, rpg7, propellants, incendiaries, incendiary device,  thermite, security forces, intelligence, agencies, hrt, resistance, psyops,  infiltration, assault team, defensive elements, evasion, detection, mission,  communications, the football, platter charge, shaped charges, m118, claymore,  body armor, charges, shrapnel, timers, timing devices, boobytraps, detcord,  pmk 40, silencers, Uzi, HK-MP5, AK-47, FAL, Jatti, Skorpion MP, teflon bullets,  cordite, napalm,


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By JAKE345, April 23, 2012 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

Well blogdog! Lets wait for about eight years from this November and see.

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By blogdog, April 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment

jake - you think anybody really cares what’s written in these obscure blogs?

- yeah they track everything - got so much data they can’t sort it to save their
souls… read this one:

since the CIA so adamantly denounces it, might be something to it

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By JAKE345, April 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Idiots ! googleheads are tracking you as you speak and type. How long will you support the enemy by your computers, I pads and cell phones? Don’t you know that these technologies have been controlled for at twenty years before arrival to your small material worlds.

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By Big B, April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Everyone looks forward to the future, but no one more than the giant evil robots.

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By Not One More!, April 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

from article: Google has apologized for collecting the data but maintains it was legal.

It is why I no longer use google for web searches. Who knows what relationship they have with the government as well.

This type of double speak should put everybody on notice that this is just another faceless entity that puts profit ahead of social justice and doing the right thing.

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By blogdog, April 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

RE: The FCC found that Google Street View cars, which were taking pictures for
Google Maps, also collected passwords, email and medical records, among other
data, from residents’ WiFi networks. Google has apologized for collecting the data
but maintains it was legal.

behind the soulless mask of corpse culture, that is the dominant paradigm in the
capitalist paradise, nobody is responsible for anything - each and every ‘head of
household’ is quieted with a salary, full family benefits and no assets at risk -
but, otherwise nobody is there

all this DARPA technology run amok is envisioned in Dick and Lem and we’re only
seeing the beginning - imagine when robotic controllers do finally take it all over

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