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In UK, WiFi Collection Violated Law

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK & AUSTRALIA

November 5, 2010

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has determined Google's inadvertent collection of personal data through its Street View vehicles was a "significant breach" of the Data Protection Act, BBC reports. Google must now sign an undertaking to ensure data protection breaches do not happen again and delete the data it collected. "We are profoundly sorry for mistakenly collecting payload data in the UK from unencrypted wireless networks," said Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, noting, "We are in the process of confirming that there are no outstanding legal obligations upon us to retain the data and will then ensure that it is quickly and safely deleted." Meanwhile, the Australia Privacy Foundation is criticizing Australia's former privacy commissioner for her handling of the Street View incident.
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