The consumer group calls for a congressional hearing on Google's relationship with the executive branch of the federal government in a Jan. 24 letter to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of Southern California. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The group wants Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath in a hearing on the various concerns.
The group also criticizes Google for the "Wi-spy" scandal in which Google's Street View cars recorded private data from wireless networks in dozens of countries.
"This is the largest wire-tapping scandal in world history by one of America's biggest and most powerful corporations, yet there has not been a single hearing on Capitol Hill," the group writes in the letter to Issa.
Also questioned is Google's secretive relationship with the National Security Administration, which has the power to force Google to give up the private information of its users.
A Google spokesperson would not answer specific questions about the report, but said, "this is just the latest in a long list of press stunts from an organization that admits to working closely with our competitors."
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