Google has been fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for impeding its investigation into whether or not the Street View service collected information on private Wi-Fi hotspots without permission.
According to widespread reports, the FCC issued the fine in response to what it saw to be an unwillingness to fully co-operate with its investigation, which began in May 2010.
"Google refused to identify any employees or produce any emails. The company could not supply compliant declarations without identifying employees it preferred not to identify," it said in an order on Friday.
"Misconduct of this nature threatens to compromise the commission's ability to effectively investigate possible violations of the Communications Act and the commission's rules."
However, Google disagreed with this view, claiming it had provided all the information requested and said it would be appealing the fine.
"As the FCC notes in their report, we provided all the materials the regulators felt they needed to conclude their investigation and we were not found to have violated any laws," it said.
"We disagree with the FCC's characterisation of our co-operation in their investigation and will be filing a response."
The incident is just the latest in a long line of issues Google has had to deal with since the revelations its Street View cars had collected Wi-Fi data, with both the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the Metropolitan Police investigating the issue in the UK.
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