Google admits it didn’t delete all Wi-Fi data collected by Street View cars

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In a letter to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, Google has admitted that it did not purge all the unsecured wireless network information collected by its Street View cars, contrary to its 2010 promise to “delete this data as soon as possible.” Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer says the company “has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a small portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK” and other countries. Google previously said that most of the data it gathered was “fragmentary,” but in some cases, URLs, full emails, or even passwords were collected.

This revelation was apparently the result of Google reviewing Street View storage drives after the ICO re-opened its…

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