Google need to delete our data soon AND might be getting hammered by anti-trust

24 June 2013

Bitterwallet - Google logo 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.

Tough week.

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel


  • Jeremy
    But Google have given all their data to NSA, GCHQ etc They'll have to ask for it back before they might get round to deleting it.
  • Noghar
    "Inform the ICO if any further disks are found." Disks? Don't forget the punchcards and the reel-to-reel tapes!
  • Cant T.
    I still can't spell Tennants. Because I'm a fucking imbecile. PS I listen to gay pop on a radio I brought off plaster. HNNNGGGGGGG.
  • badger
    ^ Looks like that new batch of acid is ready.
  • Chewbie
    Flex wit da erb
  • Chewbie
  • Gof M.
    @ChimmyChanga to be fair I have seen it spelt both ways
  • I S.
    I drunk Tennants what I brought from the shop. Spilt some on the floor outside before putting the rest in a draw for safekeeping. I'm a total motherfucking moron. PS I fuck my dead mother for real. HNNNNGGGGGGGGG
  • Mustapha S.
    delete from wifi where secured=false There, takes 10 seconds. Will they need to delete every backup and destroy hard drives too then?
  • digibanger
    I love google they are so honest and trustworthy lots of people earn $36000 dollars a day from google - mainly single moms? a rich single mom....... hummmmm nice. Did I say I love google. But Google Glass.... and for that matter 3d tv.... I wear glasses so now I will need to wear 2 pairs just to watch tv or video tape random strangers doing acrobatics or skydiving or jumping thru giant bubbles - hurry up and implant that shit straight into my medulla oblongata I blame the scapegoats

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