05 November 2010

UK - Information Commissioner will not fine Google over Wi-Fi data gathering

(OUT-LAW News)
UK privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner will not fine Google over unauthorised collection of personal data by its Street View cars, despite ruling that this was a "significant breach of the Data Protection Act". Google sent cars with roof-mounted cameras around the UK's cities last year to photograph the streets for its photo-map Street View service. Research by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner revealed that significant personal information, including whole emails; usernames; passwords; and addresses were gathered and stored by Google. The ICO has now announced that it will take some action against the company, but will stop short of imposing fines. Instead, Google will be made to sign an undertaking to improve its data protection practices and will face an audit of existing policies and practices. see also Google Street View has got off lightly (Guardian).