Google Street View 'snooping' to be investigated
Google is facing a fresh investigation by the information watchdog after renewed concerns over data collected from cars talking pictures for the company's controversial Street View service.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had previously been assured that private data had been "mistakenly collected" by the cars as they gathered photographs for Street View. But an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into the way that Street View was managed in the United States has caused the ICO to reopen its inquiry in Britain. The FCC found that Street View cars in the US had been used to gather a wide range of personal and private data from wi-fi networks. Steve Eckersley, head of enforcement at the ICO, has written to Alan Eustace, senior vice-president at Google, demanding details about what information was collected in the UK and whether it has since been destroyed.
The ICO, which enforces data-protection legislation, said the FCC investigation had found that the Street View data collection in the US had resulted in Google's capture of "complete email messages, email headings, instant messages and their content, logging-in credentials, medical listings and legal infractions, information in relation to online dating and visits to pornographic sites".
The ICO noted that "it therefore seems likely that such information was deliberately captured during [Google Street View] operations conducted in the UK".
Google has said that it is happy to answer the ICO's questions and that it has not acted on the information it collected.
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Life & Style blogs
How to carve a pumpkin for Halloween with this step-by-step tutorial
Health: When masturbation can be fatal: The practice of auto-erotic asphyxia is often concealed by a coroner's verdict. Monique Roffey looks at a lethal taboo
Woman successfully sues Google for showing her with 'part of her breast exposed' on Street View
Happy Halloween! Google celebrates All Hallows' Eve with Doodle
The post-porn wave: why some young people are shunning videos of misogynistic sex
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
- 1 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 4 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: SThree Group has been...
£18000 - £27000 per annum + Commission: SThree: The SThree group is a world le...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: We consistently strive to be the...