The UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) ruling that Google did no harm while collecting unauthorised Wi-fi data has outraged and angered privacy campaigners in the UK.
After an extensive investigation into the data collection from the Google Street View cars the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) concluded:
‘The information we saw does not include meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable person’
In response to their findings Alex Deane of the privacy group Big Brother Watch called the decision ‘little short of farcical’ adding :
‘The Metropolitan police are currently investigating Google over this very issue,” he says. “If the allegations against Google merit an investigation by the police, who have to consider the criminal standard of fault, how can those allegations not be said to merit an investigation by the ICO?’
Google is still very much in the lime light though and is being investigated by a number of other countries including the US, France & Germany.
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