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Google given 35 days to delete data

Google given 35 days to delete data

Google has been given 35 days to delete any remaining data it “mistakenly collected” while taking pictures for its Street View service, or face criminal proceedings.

But the UK Information Commissioner’s Office did not impose a fine.

Its investigation into Google reopened last year after further revelations about the data taken from wi-fi networks.

During that inquiry, additional discs containing private data were found.

Google had previously pledged to destroy all data it had collected, but admitted last year that it had “accidentally” retained the additional discs.

The ICO has told the search giant it must inform it if any further discs of information are discovered.

‘Serious lack of oversight’

“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 discs are found,” said Stephen Eckersley, the office’s head of enforcement.

Source: BBC News

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