As scrutiny persists, Google debuts a new privacy tool for searchers

Although Google is constantly under scrutiny for privacy issues, the Internet behemoth finds itself in hotter water this month after admitting it gathered content traveling over wi-fi networks while surveying neighborhoods for its Google Maps application. Key House Energy and Commerce Committee members pressed the company this week to provide more information about the breach. 

"We are concerned that Google did not disclose until long after the fact that consumers' Internet use was being recorded, analyzed and perhaps profiled," wrote Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks Markey releases infrastructure suggestions that align with Green New Deal goals GOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity MORE (D-Mass) in a letter to the company's CEO and chairman Eric Schmidt. "In addition, we are concerned about the completeness and accuracy of Google's public explanations about this matter."

Google claims that the data collection was an accident and not illegal, but has said it will cooperate with investigations of the incident.