Way back in May 2010 It came to light that Google had saved up to 600 gigabytes of personal data from various unsecured wireless networks all whilst mapping roads for Google street view.
Upon discovery Google was involved in legal action, various investigations and fine’s across Europe. In the UK Google were instructed to destroy the data that it was holding about its citizens and went so far as to issue a statement in December 2010 confirming that all data had indeed been purged.
It’s a Fair Cop Guv’
It would appear that recently Google contacted the UK’s ICO (Information Commissioner) to advise that they still had a small portion of data and wanted to know how to proceed, which is probably more than a lot of other companies would do.
Google we’re instructed to have the data over to the UK ICO immediately “so that we can subject it (the data) to forensic analysis before deciding on the necessary course of action” although what they hope to discover from the analysis has not been revealed.
Ireland’s deputy ICO also expressed his displeasure stating that Google’s actions were “clearly unacceptable” and requested answers to how this could have happened by Wednesday.