The UK watchdog, the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham has found that Google’s collection of private data with their Street View cars is a breach of UK privacy laws.
Luckily for Google they wont have to pay a large fine, instead they have been ordered to delete all the data collected, and give assurances in writing that private data will no longer be collected by Google’s Street View cars.
“It is my view that the collection of this information was not fair or lawful and constitutes a significant breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act.”
“The most appropriate and proportionate regulatory action in these circumstances is to get written legal assurance from Google that this will not happen again – and to follow this up with an ICO audit.”
We are not quite sure why Google have not been fined for the data breach, but other companies who have breached the Data Protection Act here in the UK are usually subject to a hefty fine.
via Crunch GearFiled Under: Technology News