When Google accidentally grabbed personal data like e-mails, passwords and other wifi information they most certainly were not thinking of the consequences. Last week Google got a slap on the wrist in the UK when the Information Commissioner’s Office said Google had “committed a “significant breach” of the UK’s Data Protection Act”. Google there got away with just the slap, they weren’t fined or punished in any other way.
The victory of the Republicans in the US elections last week however might be the setup for something bigger for Google.
U.S. Representative Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a tv- interview last week said there was a big chance chief executives from companies such as Google and Facebook could be called before the Commerce Committee. (more…)