Google cleared of wi-fi snooping

UK's data protection watchdog clears Google of snooping

Google has been cleared of wi-fi snooping by a UK data-protection authority.

Google has cleared another hurdle with the UK's Information Commissioner's Office declaring that there was "no evidence as yet that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment".

The ICO released a statement after taking a tour of Google's premises to consider samples of the data the tech giant had inadvertently collected. They said, "On the basis of the samples we saw we are satisfied so far that it is unlikely that Google will have captured significant amounts of personal data."

Google had apologized for its Street View cars inadvertently collecting data from unsecured wireless networks in May, and as of earlier this month had resumed its Street View photography in certain countries after removing all data-collection equipment from its cars.

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As soon as Google became aware of its unintentional data collection, the Street View cars were grounded and investigations by various countries' data protection watchdogs went underway.

While the ICO cleared Google of intentional wi-fi snooping, it also made clear they thought it was wrong for the information to be collected and would keep track of any findings from the investigations being made in other countries on the same issue.

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