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ICO responds to Googles failure to delete all UK Street View data

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26 July 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its response to today’s letter from Google confirming that they have located additional payload data collected by its Street View cars prior to May 2010.

An ICO spokesperson said:

“Earlier today Google contacted the ICO to confirm that it still had in its possession some of the payload data collected by its Street View vehicles prior to May 2010. This data was supposed to have been deleted in December 2010. The fact that some of this information still exists appears to breach the undertaking to the ICO signed by Google in November 2010.

“In their letter to the ICO today, Google indicated that they wanted to delete the remaining data and asked for the ICO’s instructions on how to proceed. Our response, which has already been issued, makes clear that Google must supply the data to the ICO immediately, so that we can subject it to forensic analysis before deciding on the necessary course of action.

"We are also in touch with other data protection authorities in the EU and elsewhere through the Article 29 Working Party and the GPEN network to coordinate the response to this development.

“The ICO has always been clear that this should never have happened in the first place and the company’s failure to secure its deletion as promised is cause for concern.”

A copy of the letter received this morning by the ICO from Google is available at:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2012/~/media/documents/library/Corporate/Notices/20122707_letter_Google_to_ICO.ashx

A copy of the ICO’s response, which has now been sent to Google, can be found at:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2012/~/media/documents/library/Corporate/Notices/20122707_letter_ICO_to_Google.ashx

If you need more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070 or visit the website at: www.ico.gov.uk


About the Author

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. We do this by promoting good practice, ruling on complaints, providing information to individuals and organisations and taking appropriate action when the law is broken.

The ICO enforces and oversees the following legislation:

  •  Data Protection Act 1998
  •  Freedom of Information Act 2000
  •  Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
  •  Environmental Information Regulations 2004



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