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Privacy Commissioner Wants Payload Data Deleted

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 8, 2012

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has called on Google to destroy data collected from open WiFi networks, iTnews reports. The commissioner sent a letter to Google’s Australian head of public policy and government affairs ordering its immediate destruction, the report states. “I do not require Google to retain the additional payload data, and unless there is lawful purpose for its retention, Google should immediately destroy the data,” Pilgrim wrote. “Further, I also request that Google undertakes an audit to ensure that no other disks containing this data exist and to advise me once this audit is completed.” Commissioners from the UK, France and other jurisdictions have made similar requests.
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