European Data Protection Digest

ICO: Google Has Improved on Data Practices

DATA PROTECTION—UK

September 20, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says its most recent audit indicates Google has improved its handling of personal data since the privacy issues surrounding its Street View data collection in 2010, Techworld reports. The ICO conducted an initial audit of the company in 2011 following the revelation that Street View cars had inadvertently collected WiFi data, including e-mails and passwords. The audit indicated the company had made improvements to privacy structure, training and reviews. The ICO suggested Google projects have a privacy design document, that “privacy stories” inform consumers about privacy and that engineers receive focused training. Though some changes remain to be implemented, “significant progress” has been made, the ICO says.
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