U.K.: Google’s Wi-Fi data collection ‘not lawful’

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner has found that Google violated the country’s Data Protection Act when it collected data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks with its Street View vehicles.


“There was a significant breach of the Data Protection Act when Google Street View cars collected payload data as part of their Wi-Fi mapping exercise in the U.K.,” the Information Commissioner’s Office said in a statement today.


The country’s Data Protection Act, which was enacted in 1998, determines policies related to the safekeeping of personal information in the U.K. The Information Commissioner’s office oversees enforcement of the act.


Google’s collection of data was “not fair or lawful,” Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said in the statement.


As a result of the findings, the ICO said it has requested Google U.K. “sign an undertaking” to the effect that the company will not breach data protection statutes again and that if a further transgression does occur, Google “will face enforcement action.”


No monetary penalty will be levied against the search giant for its collection of information, the agency said.

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Reg Cure


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