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French watchdog wants to get its paws on Google's sketchy Street View data

France's data protection regulator has ordered omnipresent online entity Google to cough up data retained from missions by its controversial super-sleuthing Street View vehicles.

Following the confession a few days ago that it had failed to honour instructions from Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to delete all UK-based data collected via Street View's camera infrastructure, the Internet search supremo has now been ordered by France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) to handover records pertaining to information collected by the programme from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Google has cited a miscellaneous "error" as responsible for the Blighty oversight, apologising to the ICO for the fact that "a small portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK" may still exist in its systems.

It is thought that 11 European watchdogs in all have been on the receiving end of Google's latest half-hearted grovelling exercise, with the CNIL the first to follow in the footsteps of the ICO and try to get its moules maulers on the data before the US company has a chance to destroy it.

However, unlike the UK regulators, the CNIL has been fairly stringent with Google in the past, whacking the Mountain View-based company with a €100,000 fine in March for collecting the information, understood to feature emails and passwords obtained via unencrypted wireless networks.

The latest development in the Google privacy violation saga comes shortly after US regulators hit the Internet giant with a fine of nearly £15 million for allegedly by-passing the default cookie warnings present in Apple's Safari browser.