Google will delete UK Wi-Fi data

Search engine also agrees to ICO audit

By Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor (UK) |  Legal, Google Street View, privacy

Google has confirmed it will delete all of the Wi-Fi data that relates to the UK, which was accidentally collected by its Street View Cars.

The search engine has also pledged to improve the way it handles data and has signed a document that agrees to a full audit of Google's privacy policy, training programs and privacy reviews for new products and services. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) audit ill take place sometime during the next nine months.

"I welcome the fact that the Wi-Fi payload data that should never have been collected in the first place can, at last, be deleted," Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said.

"It is a significant achievement to have an undertaking from a major multinational corporation like Google that extends to its global policies and not just its UK activities. We will be keeping a close watch on the progress Google makes".

In May this year an audit of Wi-Fi data collected by the search engine's Street View Cars, which capture real-time photographs of cities across the world for use in Google Maps, by the German data protection authority revealed Google has been accidentally collecting snippets of data.

Earlier this month, a Conservative MP raised concerns over the fact that the (ICO) sent two 'non-technical' members of staff to investigate Google following the Wi-Fi information-gathering debacle.

See also: ICO won't be panicked into response over Google Wi-Fi debacle


Originally published on PC Advisor (UK) |  Click here to read the original story.
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