November 22, 2010, 11:23 AM — 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.
"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.