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Google updates Australia on Street View WiFi data dump

Finds more content on hard disks
Tue Oct 09 2012, 09:41
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INTERNET GIANT Google has written to the Australian Information Commissioner with the news that it has found more hard disks with data gathered, by mistake, during its Street View surveys.

In August the firm promised to review and destroy its hard disk inventory and keep Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim up to date with information on what and where it found data. According to the letter it had previously overlooked these two disks.

Now it has done the right thing and told the commissioner all about it. "Google has now completed our comprehensive review of our Street View disk inventory," it said in the letter, which is posted on the commissioner's website.

"We can advise that the final stage of this process identified two additional Street View vehicle disks that were used for the collection of data in Australia during the time that Wi-Fi data collection was ongoing. Both disks have always been securely housed in our quarantine cages, but our systems were not able to recognise them as Australian. We apologize for this error."

One of the disks includes information gathered in Australia, and the other data from both that country and New Zealand. Google has asked for permission to delete data from both disks, and will not do so until it has that agreement.

In August Pilgrim advised Google to destroy any disks that it held "immediately". µ


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