Friday, November 19, 2010

Google to U.K.: Sorry Old Chaps About Street View

Google Maps Street View CameraImage by freefotouk via FlickrPersonal data culled from citizens of Great Britain by Google's Street View force will be destroyed, according to the Associated Press.

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner exacted a pledge from Google that its employees would receive better data protection training and that each of its new projects would generate a  privacy document.  The Mountainview, Calif.-based Internet search giant claims it inadvertently accumulated passwords and other personal information via unsecured wireless networks during its efforts to produce three-dimensional city maps worldwide.

Numerous nations, including Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic have clashed with Google over the Street View privacy breach. (See "TUOL" posts on 10/20/10, 9/22/10, 7/9/10.)

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