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Google Responds to ICO Investigation

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

June 22, 2012

Google has responded to the decision by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to reopen its investigation into Street View's data collection practices, Out-Law.com reports, citing a letter from the ICO's Steve Eckersley raising "questions over the manipulation of information Google had provided for initial inspection by the ICO and the actual 'raw data' that had been collected." In response, Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer wrote that the company had only used software to convert the raw data into "human-readable" form, noting that prior to the ICO's inspection, Google had "not viewed or analyzed the payload data on the hard drive used, and nor has it since."
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