Google need to delete our data soon AND might be getting hammered by anti-trust
Tough week for Google. They've been given 35 days to delete all the data that they collected from the time they annoyed everyone by hoovering up details from unsecured WiFi networks while they were mapping Street View.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) served Google with an enforcement notice and they must comply by the 16th July.
Of course, at the time, Google said sorry, and that it was 'clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products'.
However, since then, the ICO has taken ‘a keen interest in its operations' and now, they've got to get their ship in order. They said: "Today's enforcement notice strengthens the action already taken by our office, placing a legal requirement on Google to delete the remaining payload data identified last year within the next 35 days and immediately inform the ICO if any further disks are found. Failure to abide by the notice will be considered as contempt of court, which is a criminal offence."
“The early days of Google Street View should be seen as an example of what can go wrong if technology companies fail to understand how their products are using personal information. The punishment for this breach would have been far worse, if this payload data had not been contained.”
Elsewhere, Google's $1.1bn acquisition of mapping company Waze is being reviewed by the US' antitrust regulator, the Federal Trade Commission because the company may have sidestepped the usual process of notifying regulators and that the acquisition of Waze could potentially removed Google Maps' main competitor.