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Google deletes UK Street View WiFi data

Says sorry for collecting it
Tue Dec 21 2010, 10:15

SEARCH OUTFIT GOOGLE has deleted all the data its Street View cars snuffled from WiFi connections.

In a statement the outfit said it was "profoundly sorry for mistakenly collecting payload data in the UK from unencrypted wireless networks".

Google said that it had cooperated closely with the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in getting rid of the data.

The first batch of WiFi data, which included snippets of e-mails, URLs and passwords, was deleted in November. But because of legal wrangles in other countries the remaining data took more time to erase.

"We can confirm that the UK data has now been deleted, and that this has been independently certified," said Google.

The deletion was carried out by US forensics firm Stroz Friedberg.

The ICO has come under fire for not taking action against the firm, which first admitted in May 2010 to collecting information from unsecured wireless networks in more than 30 countries.

Deputy information commissioner David Smith said in November that the ICO had no grounds for fining the search engine.

Google said that it did not want this data, never used any of it in its products or services, and wanted to delete it as quickly as possible. µ



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