European Data Protection Digest

Google Escapes Fine, Receives Enforcement Notice

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 27, 2013

Out-Law.com reports Google has avoided a monetary fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Instead, the ICO has issued an enforcement notice to the company over its Street View data breach. The ICO launched a total of three investigations into the matter. Following Google’s admission that not all payload data collected by Street View vehicles had been destroyed, the ICO has required the company to do so within 35 days and “promptly inform” the ICO of any discoveries of new data. “Failure to abide by the notice will be considered as contempt of court, which is a criminal offence,” said the ICO’s head of enforcement.
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