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FTC ends Google investigation

FTC ends Google investigation
An imitation Web site for Google, Goojje, has emerged in China as the country faces off against the real Google over its local operators in Beijing on January 29, 2010. The new Goojje search engines was launched in China after Google announced it would pull out of the country. The logo of Goojje is a play on Google's Chinese name "Gu Ge", substituting "jie" for, the Chinese word for older sister, for "ge", which means older brother. "Sister was very happy when brother gave up the thought of leaving and stayed for sister," the inscription explanation on the website reads, mocking Google's decision to leave China. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it is ending its investigation of Google's inadvertent gathering of WiFi data via its "Street View" program.

The FTC sent a letter to a Google attorney Wednesday indicating the inquiry into the data-collection controversy is closed, InformationWeek reported.

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In May, Google made public the fact the Internet giant had gathered private data, including passwords, over individuals' WiFi networks as its "Street View" cars passed by.

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladek said Google's admission of its mistake, changes to internal controls and the measures it has taken to safely dispose of the data are sufficient to conclude the investigation.

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