Google's stolen data heads for recycle bin

Dodgy snaffler of other people's data Google has agreed to delete all the personal data its Street View cars collected from unsecured wi-fi networks, after the UK's Information Commissioner bought it's line about giving its staff more training over privacy.

Commissioner Christopher Graham said he was "very pleased to have a firm commitment from Google to work with my office to improve its handling of personal information."

The Commissioner had previously said he was mulling fining the outfit for for its illegal activities. A threat which, like all his others, eventually came to nowt.

"It is a significant achievement to have an undertaking from a major multinational corporation like Google that extends to its global policies and not just its UK activities," said Graham, trying to pretend that it was pressure from his office that brought about Google's professed introspection.

"We will be keeping a close watch on the progress Google makes and will follow up with an extensive audit.

"Meanwhile, I welcome the fact that the Wi-fi payload data that should never have been collected in the first place can, at last, be deleted," he burbled.

Google announced a while ago that it was to introduce improved privacy training for all its employees on the back of the adverse publicity it was receiving over its snooping activities. The move is in line with its attempts to claim the whole thing was a 'mistake' which it was blaming on a misguided employee.

"We don't want another breach like the collection of payload data by Google Street View vehicles to occur again," said Graham.

You can bet that if an individual was caught wandering about with a Wi-fi-sniffing antenna and a big fat stash of hard disks on which to store all the data he could get hold of he'd be up before the beak quicker than you could say 'Christopher Graham'.

A 'major multinational corporation' with billions in the bank and the best lawyers on the planet is a different kettle of fish, however.