FCC chief ducks Google ‘Wi-Spy’ questions
Graves: I want to go back to last November, when the FCC stated its investigation of Google on street view. What is the status on this?
Genachowski: You are referring to a specific investigation that is ongoing, and I cannot comment.
Graves: When do expect that investigation to conclude?
Genachowski: Again, cannot comment on the investigation.
Graves: Ok, so there could be almost 62 million emails picked up but you don’t know when you will be able to tell us about all this? Would you consider this eavesdropping?
Genachowski: I apologize, I want to answer but we cannot comment. The FCC takes privacy very seriously.
Graves: Ok, but do you consider this eavesdropping?
Genachowski: Can’t comment.
Graves: Do you think the collection of people’s information without their consent is wrong?
Genachowski: There are numerous instances that the FCC is investigating seriously. I am uncertain if it was eavesdropping.
Graves: Do you agree this was a breach of privacy? Which your own enforcement bureau, Michelle Ellison said that “the consumers affected by this breach of privacy receive a full and fair accounting?”
Genachowski: I don’t remember the full quote but yes, I agree with her.
Graves: This has gone on for a while. I would hope you move swiftly. What do you think the response would be by the American people if the federal government drove around and took pictures of neighborhoods and while doing that picked up private unencrypted WiFi messages of Americans? Do you think the American people would be mad?
Genachowski: Yes, I think they would be mad.
Graves: And do you think a response would be needed?
Genachowski: I cannot disagree with that.
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