UK reopens probe into Google's Street View data capture
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 13/06/2012 14:29
Google is back under investigation after gathering personal data while cameras on its cars took pictures for its UK Street View service.
The Information Commissioner's Office previously dropped a probe into the affair after being told limited data had been "mistakenly collected".
However, it said it had since become aware of reports that a Google engineer had deliberately written software to obtain a wider range of material.
Google to be investigated over data cover-up claims
Google is facing increasing pressure after the information commissioner launched an investigation into claims that it orchestrated a cover-up of its capture of emails, passwords and medical records of people in the UK.
The UK data watchdog has written to Google demanding answers after it emerged that the search engine firm knew its Street View cars could harvest personal information as they photographed homes across the globe.
Google faces new investigation over privacy claims
Google is to be reinvestigated over new claims that it deliberately collected personal data, including emails and passwords, while it was capturing images for its Streetview Maps service in Britain.
Google agreed to delete all the information that had been collected in November 2010, telling the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that the data had been gathered as a result of a simple mistake.