On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) terminated its investigation into the collection of Wi-Fi network data by Google’s fleet of Street View vans as David Vladeck, the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, declared that his agency was satisfied with the steps Google has taken to prevent a recurrence. The FTC’s inquiry was triggered by Google’s disclosure in a May blog post that equipment aboard Google vans that is used to obtain data for the company’s Street View map service and to track the location of Wi-Fi hot spots had inadvertently collected unsecured web data transmitted by web surfers over Wi-Fi connections. Google’s admission has also prompted government investigations in several European countries and is also the subject of seven class action lawsuits in the U.S. Citing Google’s commitment to “delete the inadvertently collected payload data as soon as possible” and to refrain from using that data in any Google product or service “now or in the future,” Vladeck described Google’s assurances as “critical to mitigate the potential harm to consumers from the collection of the payload data.” Among other things, the company will also require its engineers and other employees to undergo training on the appropriate collection, use, and handling of data. Despite acknowledging just last week that Internet user passwords, e-mail messages, and web addresses were included in the Wi-Fi data collected inadvertently by the Street View vans, Google senior vice president Alan Eustace said, “we are confident that these changes to our processes and structure will significantly improve our international privacy and security practices for the benefit of all our users.”