On October 27, 2010, the FTC announced that it is closing its investigation into whether Google violated the law by collecting consumer data transmitted over unsecured wireless networks as part of its Street View mapping service. The investigation was initiated earlier this year after Google acknowledged that it had inadvertently collected personal information while gathering data for its Street View service which provides ground-level views as part of Google’s geo-mapping services. In a letter to Google, the FTC stated that its privacy concerns regarding Street View were allayed when the company announced that it will beef up privacy training for employees and will not use any of the collected data to market Google products or services. In contrast to the FTC’s decision, the UK, Germany, and the Czech Republic all have taken steps to limit Google’s ability to expand the Street View service after the company admitted to illicit data gathering. A copy of the FTC’s letter can be found here.