By Paul Sandle

LONDON -- Google said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

The company admitted in May 2010 that its vehicles, which photograph neighborhoods to create street level images, had accidentally collected data from unsecured wireless networks used by residents in more than 30 countries.

The failure to comply with a promise to delete all the data was notified to Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which said the fact that the data still existed appeared to breach an undertaking signed by Google (GOOG) in November 2010.

"The ICO is clear that this information should never have been collected in the first place and the company's failure to secure its deletion as promised is a cause for concern," the ICO said.

Google said the data came to light when it searched by hand its Street View disk inventory.

"Google has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a small portion of ... data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK," Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel said in a letter published by the ICO.

"Google apologizes for this error."

Google said it was in the process of notifying relevant authorities in other countries.

The ICO told Google it must supply the data immediately so it could be subjected to forensic analysis before the ICO decided on the necessary course of action.

The Web search leader was fined $25,000 in April for impeding a U.S. investigation into Street View data collection.


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Mr Wonderful

As far as the pictures go if it's out in plain sight on the street it can't be considered private,however they should not be collecting any wireless activity, they need to remove the spying equipment pronto.

July 30 2012 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt Daniel

Many of you have misread this story...it has NOTHING to do with "private streets", it is about Private DATA collected from wireless networks.

July 29 2012 at 8:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lordclane

One must wonder how systems designed to photograph street scenes "accidentally" collect wireless network information....

July 29 2012 at 4:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fjkur113

My POOP stinks real bad and is green. what does that mean.

July 29 2012 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rdd2897

What is the matter queers you afraid they might catch you at it

July 29 2012 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rdd2897

there called drones

July 29 2012 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rdd2897

What is the matter with you people It seems like a lot of people have something to hide from . What are you all going to do about the police and there new goverment toy that can fly by and look into your house.

July 29 2012 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
baracklsevil

Google needs to be shut down!

July 29 2012 at 2:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dudeinbluejeans

My house is not visible in the street. If a picture of my house ever shows up in their street data, I will own Google. I'm watching you Google!

July 28 2012 at 2:52 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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lordclane

Very few houses are in the street and hence visible there. What's the point?

July 29 2012 at 4:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
metalsmithgirl71

There are many private roads. I own one and live on it. They'd be taking their lives in their hands coming here taking photos of our personal space. I'm not alone in this thinking. Police cant patrol on private roads. Neither should google.

July 28 2012 at 10:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply