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When Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, ordered Google to delete data including emails and passwords illegally collected from some public Wi-Fi networks, many thought the case was effectively closed.
The Metropolitan Police had ended its investigation, Google had committed to improve its data handling (PDF), and its compliance with the DPA would be audited in 2011.
But a Freedom of Information request released on Friday reveals that Google is wary of deleting all of the UK payload data, due to outstanding actions in other countries.
Although the majority of UK data was deleted on 26 November, seven days after the ICO directive, some still remains on disks that "could" contain data from other countries. As Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, explains in an email to the ICO on 26 November