As the newly elected Republican House of Representatives begins to gear up to rein-in what they perceive as some of the excesses of the Obama administration, there is now a watchdog group which is calling for an investigation into the apparently overly friendly relationship between Obama and the most well-known internet company in the world, Google.The watchdog group, The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) presses government to be more ethical and smaller. The NLPC sent letters to the leaders of the House Oversight Committee earlier this month asking them to investigate what they believe was a major breach of privacy committed by Google. Of concern to the group is whether the close ties Google has to the Obama administration helped it escape from the penalties that they should have paid after the event.The NLPC is also urging the committee to examine Google’s connection to the administration in a more general way. They believe that there is a ‘growing body of evidence’ which points to, what they called, “unusually close relationship with Google has resulted in favoritism towards the company on federal policy issues.”The following is an excerpt from the letter the NLPC sent to House Oversight Chairman Edolphus Towns from New York and ranking member Rep. Darrell Issa from California.”The FTC’s decision to close its investigation into Google’s unauthorized gathering of private data through its Google Street View program is troubling enough. But looked at in the context of this Administration’s extraordinarily close relationship with Google, no fair-minded person could look at the record so far and not believe that further investigation is warranted,” the letter says.
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