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Google deletes 'accidentally collected' UK data

Google has deleted all of the data it 'accidentally collected' using its Street View snoop-mobiles.

In an operation we like to think was a bit like the Saturday night Lotto draw, and independent adjudicator has confirmed that the data, which leapt onto Google's hard drives while it was having a cup of tea or something, has been consigned to the digital trash bin of history.

No-one made a copy of it. Honest.

The data's deletion was confirmed by digital forensics experts at Stroz Friedberg after being allowed to sit around for months on end as the Information Commissioner's Office twiddled its thumbs over what should be done with the not stolen personal information.

Google has admitted to 'accidentally' sucking up huge wads of secrets from unsecured wi-fi signals in more than 30 countries. Most of those other countries made a huge fuss, threatening to fine the search engine monopoly billions of dollars and carry out invasive investigations into how such a shocking breach of security could ever have happened.

The UK authorities seem to have suggested that Google might like to put the data in the recycling bin and then give it a bit of an empty when they get 'round to it. No rush.

Apparently some of the data might still be sloshing about in some old hard drives somewhere, maybe even still in the cars. Never mind. They'll get to it sooner or later.

The ICO welcomed the announcement and said that it had been sent a copy of the report confirming the deletion according to Aunty Beeb.