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ICO: Google In Breach of Undertaking

PRIVACY LAW—UK

July 27, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered Google to hand over data collected from 30 countries during its Google Street View service surveys, BBC News reports. The ICO wants the data—which Google agreed to delete as part of a deal signed in November 2010—for forensic analysis. Google stated in December 2010 the data had been deleted, but Google’s global privacy counsel wrote to the ICO today, stating the company “still has in its possession a small portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK. Google apologizes for this error.” An ICO spokesperson said, “We are also in touch with other data protection authorities in the EU and elsewhere through the Article 29 Working Party and the GPEN network to coordinate the response to this development.”
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