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Google said last month that it was “mortified” to learn that its Street View cars mistakenly collected e-mail addresses, passwords and other personal information.

“In light of their public disclosure, we can now confirm that the Enforcement Bureau is looking into whether these actions violate the Communications Act,” said Michele Ellison, chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, on Wednesday.

The revelation of the FCC probe comes after the Federal Trade Commission ended its investigation of Google’s Street View service. The company pledged to improve its privacy and security practices.

A Google spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the company is sorry for mistakenly collecting payload data from unencrypted networks and is cooperating with regulators.

“We want to delete the data as soon as possible and will continue to work with the authorities to determine the best way forward, as well as to answer their further questions and concerns,” the spokesman said.

CONGRESS

Nutrition bill could be back

First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier school lunches could be revived in Congress after two key Democrats said they will drop opposition to using funding from food stamps to pay for it.

Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts have said they will support House passage of a $4.5 billion child nutrition bill that passed the Senate earlier this year. Backed by some anti-hunger groups, the two lawmakers led opposition to passage of that version before the election because it is partially paid for with $2.2 billion taken from future funding for food stamp programs.

Since then, a push from the White House, which promised to find other legislation to trim costs, and political reality after the midterm elections indicated the bill probably would not fare as well when Republicans take over the House in January appear to have softened opposition.

Mrs. DeLauro said Tuesday that she is willing to support the legislation, which would improve lunches in schools and expand feeding programs for low-income students, with the food-stamp cuts because Democrats will have a better opportunity when Congress returns to use another piece of legislation to try to restore the money and increase access to feeding programs for hungry children.

“The view was that before the election, we couldn’t get [those] two pieces we wanted to get,” she said.

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