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London, UK – June 21, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ — The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Google Inc with an enforcement notice over the collection of payload data by Google’s Street View cars in the UK.
Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, said:
The ICO’s decision follows the reopening of its investigation into the Google Street View project in April last year. The decision followed the publication of a report by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which raised concerns around the actions of the engineer who developed the software previously used by the cars, and his managers.
The ICO’s investigation found that the collection of payload data by the company was the result of procedural failings and a serious lack of management oversight including checks on the code. But the investigation also found there was insufficient evidence to show that Google intended, on a corporate level, to collect personal data.
The ICO has concluded that the rationale for its original decision in 2010 to issue Google with an undertaking and carry out a consensual audit remain the same. But the ICO has also this week warned Google that it will be taking a keen interest in its operations and will not hesitate to take action if further serious compliance issues come to its attention.
When reaching today’s decision, the ICO also considered the discovery of additional disks containing payload data, which were located by Google while the reopened ICO investigation was in progress. Google has provided assurances that the data has not been accessed and, like the other payload data collected, has not entered the public domain.
Based on a detailed investigation, including an analysis of the data Google has recorded, the ICO has concluded that the detriment caused to individuals by this breach fails to meet the level required to issue a monetary penalty.
Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, continued:
Notes to Editors
2. The ICO regulates the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
3. The ICO is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and produces a monthly e-newsletter.
4. There are eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which make sure that personal information is:
5. If you need more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070.
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