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Google Street View 'broke UK laws'

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2010 19:10 User comments (3)

Google Street View 'broke UK laws' UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has revealed in a statement that Google Inc. broke UK laws by intercepting payload data from wireless networks while photographic UK streets.
Google recently admitted that regulators around the world found passwords and entire e-mails in the payload data it accidentally retrieved from wireless networks. Investigations are ongoing in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Canada over the privacy breach.

"There was a significant breach of the Data Protection Act when Google Street View cars collected payload data as part of their wi-fi mapping exercise in the UK." Graham said in a statement.

"The Commissioner has rejected calls for a monetary penalty to be imposed but is well placed to take further regulatory action if the undertaking is not fully complied with." The ICO is requiring Google to destroy the data collected in the UK when it becomes legally possible to do so.

Google's Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer apologized to UK Internet users for the mistake. "We are profoundly sorry for mistakenly collecting payload data in the UK from unencrypted wireless networks," he said. "We did not want this data, have never used any of it in our products or services, and have sought to delete it as quickly as possible."

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3 user comments

14.11.2010 11:32

So! What you going to do about it Google is part of the military complex and USA backed. Infact most of what Google does is illegal projects. So make your move any country go ahead DO IT. Google will be the first to police the net at their discretion, if they don’t like your sites say goodbye.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Nov 2010 @ 11:32

24.11.2010 13:48

Thanks.
I had never considered them to be running dogs of the capitalist hyena - but now the veil is lifted.

310.11.2010 4:45

Originally posted by madr68:
So! What you going to do about it Google is part of the military complex and USA backed. Infact most of what Google does is illegal projects. So make your move any country go ahead DO IT. Google will be the first to police the net at their discretion, if they don’t like your sites say goodbye.
Paranoia much? You sure you have your tinfoil hat on?

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