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Street View Wi-Fi Data To Be Deleted By Google

Google is to delete the Wi-Fi data, including e-mails and passwords, that it illegally collected when its Street View cars mapped the UK.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will not be investigating the matter further after Google agreed to improve its staff’s privacy training and to delete the data it had accidentally collated. The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said that he was, "very pleased to have a firm commitment from Google,” on the matter.

Google has also managed to escape punishment over the incident, despite calls from critics for the company to be fined.

Deputy Commissioner David Smith told the BBC that: "We'd have had to find that there was substantial damage or distress to individuals from the collection of snippets of e-mails, URLs and passwords. We'd have to meet that criteria for a penalty to be imposed."

The incident was first brought to the attention of ICO by the Hamburg data authority last year. Google later admitted to accidentally collecting the data.

ICO will audit Google’s compliance with the ruling next year.