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ICO Checked WiFi Data

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

July 28, 2010

Representatives from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) visited Google's offices earlier this month to view samples of the WiFi data the company collected via its Street View cars, V3.co.uk reports. "While Google considered it unlikely it had collected anything other than fragments of content, we wanted to make our own judgment," an ICO spokesperson said, adding that the samples viewed offered "no evidence" that the data captured has caused or could cause harm. "Nevertheless, it was wrong to collect the information," the spokesperson said. The ICO will forward its findings to those who have filed complaints about the information collection.
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