ICO responds to Googles failure to delete all UK Street View data
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26 July 2012
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.
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:
A copy of the ICO’s response, which has now been
sent to Google, can be found at:
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
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Privacy and Electronic Communications
- Environmental Information Regulations
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