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Street View lands Google in hot water… again

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:30PM EST

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The controversy surrounding Google’s (GOOG) data collection practices took an unexpected turn Friday when the company admitted to British officials that it had neglected to delete thousands of emails and passwords that employees had collected from Wi-Fi hotspots while driving through various neighborhoods in Google Street View cars. As the Guardian notes, Google was ordered to delete all collected personal data back in December 2010 and failing to comply could allow the British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to fine the company as much as £500,000 (approximately $786,000). Google is claiming that “human error” was responsible for its failed compliance and said that it was working to correct the situation.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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