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ICO Reopens Street View Investigation

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 13, 2012

Steve Eckersley, enforcement chief of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), sent a letter to Google executive Alan Eustace saying the ICO is reopening its investigation into the collection of personal data by Google's Street View service, reports The Washington Post. An April U.S. Federal Communications Commission report found that Google deliberately collected the data. According to Eckersley's letter, the ICO was told the collection was a "simple mistake," adding, "If the data was collected deliberately, then it is clear that this is a different situation than was reported to us in April 2010." Google responded in a statement saying, "We're happy to answer the ICO's questions." On Tuesday, Google released documents relating to the U.S. federal investigation into its activities, including affidavits from nine people denying any knowledge of the data collection. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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