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FTC drops privacy probe against Google Street View

Federal Trade Commission ends its privacy investigation on Google's collection of personal informati

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Wednesday that it has ended its privacy investigation on Google's collection of internet users' personal information.

David C Vladeck, the director of the bureau of consumer protection, stated in a letter that the US trade regulating agency was satisfied with the steps Google had taken to prevent a recurrence of the problems that occurred because of its mapping service Street View.

The letter also stated that the Google has named Alma Whitten as director of privacy for engineering and product management, and that the search company has intensified privacy training for Street View employees.

Google also promised the FTC that it had not used the data and will delete it as soon as possible.

Privacy commissioners across the world slammed Google's mapping service Street View for collecting classified personal information about internet users.

"We are mortified by what happened, but confident that these changes to our processes and structure will significantly improve our internal privacy and security practices for the benefit of all our users," Alan Eustace, senior vice-president of engineering and research, wrote in a Google blog post.