U.K. regulator gives Google 35 days to scrap its remaining Street View data

If the company doesn't, legal action might be taken

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service |  Internet

In the U.S., Google has already entered into a settlement to pay $7 million related to complaints from dozens of states about unauthorized collection of personal data transmitted over Wi-Fi networks.

Google must be very careful about how it collects data going forward, according to the ICO.

"The early days of Google Street View should be seen as an example of what can go wrong if technology companies fail to understand how their products are using personal information," said Stephen Eckersley, head of enforcement at ICO, in a statement.

"The punishment for this breach would have been far worse, if this payload data had not been contained," he said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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