Google is disputing the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) claim of obstruction in its Street View service case.
The company wrote a letter to the FCC claiming it would have been of little help to give government officials access to the engineer who wrote the computer program that let its Street View cars collect private data from people's personal wireless networks.
"The fact that the engineer was legally unavailable did not leave any significant factual questions unanswered," Google wrote in a letter to the FCC.
The fine stemmed from an earler case in which Google was charged with collecting private data from Wi-Fi hotspots without permission. Google was eventually cleared of the charges on the grounds that they were unaware of such wrong doing.
The FCC, however, fined Google $25,000 because they felt that the tech giant impeded the investigation. The fine primarily dealt with Google's inability to produce the engineer responsible for the code that led to the scandal. Google says they were unable to get that witness because he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
The FCC has yet to provide a response to the letter.
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