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Google Street View’s new data breach

Google has not deleted all the data collected by the Street View vehicles. It is not the first time that the company violated privacy rules.

The U.S. company admitted in May 2010 that the camera cars in 30 countries have also inadvertently saved data from unsecured wireless networks. Google promised then to delete all the data. However, some data were found to still be in the records when searched by the UK data protection authority ICO.

There are concerns with Google’s failure to comply to the promise of deleting the data immediately.¬†The countries involved include¬†Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Australia.

The camera cars made recordings for Google Street View. In 2008-2010, information from unencrypted wireless networks were also taken by the company. This was made possible by a software created by a Google employee, according to investigations by US telecom FCC. Google denies that the data were released commercially.