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Google: Sorry we didn't delete all the Street View data

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Jul 2012 1:32 User comments (2)

Google: Sorry we didn't delete all the Street View data Google admitted this week that it did not delete all of the personal data its Street View cars collected in 2010.
In May of 2010, the company confirmed that it accidentally collected data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in over 30 countries. That data included email addresses.

Later that year, the company signed a deal that it would delete all such data, but they have yet to complete the task, and therefore notified Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

"The ICO is clear that this information should never have been collected in the first place and the company's failure to secure its deletion as promised is a cause for concern," reads the ICO's statement.

In their notification to the ICO, Google had this to say: "Google has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a small portion of ... data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK. Google apologizes for this error."

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2 user comments

130.7.2012 16:50

If people don't want their data so easily available, they shouldn't be using any wireless networks.

24.8.2012 12:26

Turn your SSID broadcast off on your home network if you're worried about it. Honestly, it should be off anyway for security reasons unless you are unable to remember what your wireless network name is.

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