Google breached UK data laws, says ICO
The ICO finally weighs in on its position with the Google Street View saga.
UK's Information Commissioner's Office has finally spoken out about its ruling on the Google Street View wi-fi snooping issue.
Google, which admitted to have collected emails and passwords, had earlier this year been cleared of wi-fi snooping by the ICO.
However, after their admission, the ICO has now said that there was a 'significant breach' of the Data Protection Act. Google had inadvertently collected personal data through equipment in its Street View vehicles.
However, they said that Google will not be subjected to a fine or punishment; rather the ICO will carry out an audit of Google's data protection practices.
Google is also expected to delete the data as soon as it is "legally cleared to do so".
Google has always maintained that it collected the data unknowingly and has apologized for it since the details came to light.