After UK, France wants undeleted Street View data -- will Australia follow?

No statement from Australia's Information Commissioner yet.
  • Liam Tung (CSO Online)
  • — 01 August, 2012 11:06

France’s data privacy authority CNIL has asked Google to hand over the remaining Street View data it was supposed to have deleted last June.

The request by the French authority follows last week’s demand by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for Google to hand over Street View data for further analysis after Google told the ICO it was still in possession of “some of the payload data” collected by its vehicles prior to May 2010.

The data included the contents of emails, passwords and login details that it had picked up as Street View cars passed by unsecured WiFi networks.

Google was supposed to have deleted the French Street View data last June after CNIL issued it a €100,000 fine in March.

Australia was amongst several nations besides France and Britain that Google confirmed were also affected, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, and Austria.

In May this year, Google said it had deleted Australian Street View data “under independent supervision” in February 2012.

CSO.com.au has asked the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) whether it intends on requesting Google hand over the remaining Australian data and is awaiting a response from the OAIC.

The OAIC has not published the letter that Google reportedly has sent, however the company's letter to the UK’s ICO states that the remaining data was found after it physically inspected and re-scanned “thousands” of disks in a Street View disk inventory overview.

The OAIC, which previously found Google was in breach of Australia’s Privacy Act, this May confirmed it would not reopen an investigation into the Google Street View data breach following findings by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that Google had impeded its investigations there.

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