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UK ICO: Google Didn't Take "Significant" Details Over WiFi

4:11 pm on Jul 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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UK ICO: Google Didn't Take "Significant" Details Over WiFi [bbc.co.uk]
Google did not grab "significant" personal details when collecting data from wi-fi networks, according to the UK's Information Commissioner Office (ICO).

The finding came after the body reviewed some of the data Google scooped up from unsecured networks.

Google said the data was "mistakenly" gathered while logging wi-fi hotspots to help with location-based services.

The ICO said it would closely monitor other global investigations.

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6:59 pm on July 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The ICO have previous form like this. They dropped my issue with BT / Phorm because the "IP address was paid for by a business" and other such nonsense technicalities.

They will say and do anything not to take action against clear breaches of privacy.

“There is also no evidence as yet that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment. Nevertheless it was wrong to collect the information.”

Total waste of time, a useless QUANGO stuffed with the tea and muffin brigade which should be the first in the line for government cut backs.

I was being polite about them there.
4:09 pm on July 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The UK is pretty much a surveillance society anyway, I doubt any privacy breach means much to them.