They took their sweet time about it, but Google have now finally deleted all the unsecured Wi-Fi data that their Street View cars “inadvertently” collected whilst on their rounds.
ICO, the UK Information Commisioner’s Office confirmed the data had been deleted, revealing that a third-party, Stroz Friedberg, undertook the task.
“We can confirm that the UK data has now been deleted, and that this has been independently certified,” Google told the BBC.
Google blame the whole fiasco on “legacy code” which unintentionally led to the breach of privacy. Rather than simply taking photos for their Street View service, Google collected reams of sensitive data from the unsecured netowrks they passed.
It’s valuable information, which lead many to believe its collection had been no accident.