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ICO Responds to Critics of WiFi Investigation

DATA PROTECTION—UK

November 11, 2010

In The Telegraph, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham responds to criticism about his agency's investigation into Google's collection of personal details through unencrypted WiFi networks. Privacy advocates and members of parliament have condemned Graham for sending non-technical staff to investigate the matter, initially, and for failing to levy a harsher punishment on the company for contravening the UK Data Protection Act. But Graham points out that the amends--deletion of the data and a future audit--fit the offense, saying that what Google collected "certainly didn't amount to a significant cache of personally identifiable information." 
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