Commissioner Orders Payload Data Disk Destroyed
DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALANDOctober 11, 2012
Privacy commissioners in Australia and New Zealand have told Google to destroy a disk of information collected from unsecured WiFi networks during its Street View filming. Google recently reported finding the disk, which it says was missed when it originally handed information over to the commissioners’ offices. “It’s very disappointing that this disk could be overlooked,” said New Zealand Assistant Commissioner Katrine Evans. “Collecting the information in the first place was a major breach of privacy.” Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says he’s asked Google to have an independent third party confirm the data’s deletion. Evans said Google is willing to destroy the disk and has apologised for the mistake.