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Google Failed To Delete UK's Street View Personal Data, and Now 'In Breach' Of UK Data Privacy

     
4:22 pm on Jul 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google Failed To Delete UK's Street View Personal Data, and Now 'In Breach' Of UK Data Privacy [bbc.co.uk]
Google has admitted that it had not deleted users' personal data gathered during surveys for its Street View service.

The data should have been wiped almost 18 months ago as part of a deal signed by the firm in November 2010.

Google has been told to give the data to the UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) for forensic analysis.

The ICO said it was co-ordinating its response with other European privacy bodies.

5:54 pm on July 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Why does this make me happy?
6:00 pm on July 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Is anyone really surprised?
6:13 pm on July 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ok I really don't understand why Google discovered the data and then went to the IPO and said ahh I found some more what should I do. Why didn't G just delete the data and be done with it. Man have they opened up a big can of worms for themselves this time.
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When it comes to resolving public issues, google is the last company you can expect to act upon. Google is so data hungry that if given choice it will not shy away and can go to the bedrooms to sneak information and sell whichever product they deem relevant through paid search. It is this behavior which is causing major problem for all.

In a show-off bid to let people know how transparent and honest they are...it seems this time DO NO EVIL goes to next level :P

Bite the bullet G

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There are plenty of people in jail or on probation for committing lesser computer crimes but google has carte blanche in these matters. When you lunch with Bilderbergers as Eric Schmidt is wont to do laws really don't matter,.
11:10 pm on July 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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"...When you lunch with Bilderbergers as Eric Schmidt is wont to do..."

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Is this "Build-a-Burger" you're referring to?

[build-a-burgerllc.com...]

I'm sure Schmidt could get them to park at the plex for a while if he wanted it that bad.

(Leosghost at least will get the humor)
12:22 am on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google Failed To Delete UK's Street View Personal Data

Wrong.

Google Choose, NOT To Delete UK's Street View Personal Data
4:05 am on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google hired an outside *independent* crew to verify that the data was in fact deleted so this is actually surprising. Then again this is Google, they will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER delete ANY data. Period. Ever.

That means the penalty must be severe, one would think.
8:31 pm on July 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Who the hell cares if Eric likes to "build-a-burger" or finishes his lunch "ice-llumi-nati" I fail to see what this has to do with the discussion!

Lets try to stay on track
10:28 am on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Who the hell cares if Eric likes to "build-a-burger" or finishes his lunch "ice-llumi-nati" I fail to see what this has to do with the discussion!


Should we have an off-topic giggle from time to time, even at a terrible joke? That would take a whole new thread.

Anyhow; the worst that the data protection registrar over here can do is fine Google a few thousand dollars, which is less than a slap on the wrist. The publicity in the UK press doesn't seem to be bothering anyone either, fed on a diet of Fbook and Twitt most of the sheep have forgotten what privacy is. They'll find out one day of course.
12:02 pm on July 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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hey, get off google's back, remember this data sucking was an "accident". You know, like you use your washing machine and then an hour later realise it also recorded your favourite soap opera "by accident" or your toaster "accidentally" did the ironing. Same with evil-free Google...their cameras recorded all this wi-fi data for months and months. Don't blame G for the faulty operation of their appliances. Feel sorry for them, if anything!
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What's next, someone discovers that the cameras in the Droid phones "accidentally" turn on and record people in compromising positions and then accidentally send the video footage back to Google? Among the owners of the affected Droids are government officials whose job it is to regulate Google. Google comes forward and says, oooooooooooppppssssss, we discovered an error in the coding of Android OS that turns on your video cameras in your Droids when you set them down in a hotel room. We're really very, Very, VERY sorry! Really, we are! ;) We have explicit video of #*$!#*$!XX doing #*$!#*$!#*$!XX, what should we do with it?
5:11 am on July 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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When a penalty is money, and you own a money tree, is that really a penalty?
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Money tree ?..... Try Orchard!

And growing at a gazillion % rate each year now that product $earch is fully rigged and 95% of mobile devices world wide are tied up to poogle search... the most dangerous company on earth! IMO.

Where is serious government intervention when everyone really need one? ... amazing really. This company is constantly in breach of so many laws, in so many countries, hardly pay any taxes, anywhere, and "algorithmically" (my..) arm forcing and limiting trade for millions of small to large businesses. WTF!
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I can't afford for Google to be shut down and neither can most of us on WW, but I've held the view that this is the kind of death by a thousand cuts that will lead to its gradual demise. I was surprised when Google's excuse of accidental data collection was accepted, given that a video camera on the Google cars does not have a Wi-Fi antenna and receiver by default. Someone designed that, ordered the receivers, had them installed and turned on.

We can speculate why Google 'fessed up to still having personal data - could have been a whistleblower, could be anything else.

We all know that anything stored on disk or RAM can be copied for private use numerous times.

The only punishment that Google would understand is to be blocked in the UK and other affected markets for some extended period. The ban should also apply to any proxy site that allows a bypass. Fines are pointless. Of course it won't happen. :)
4:06 am on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think anyone could afford for Google to shut down, even the Googlers. They've got a big enough war chest by now. Plenty of other players would spring up in the market to try to satisfy the demand from people searching as some other engine or even just browsing the web like we all did in the good old days!
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@anallawalla actualy captureing everything and processing it later is the most eficent way. And is much less risky in terms of losing data.

However Google messed up by not post processing the data and dumping the scraps of personel information in a resonable time frame.

Also having the main engineer (author of netstumbler) as some one with previous in this area was a bit stupid.