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Google to delete UK personal data collected from Wi-Fi

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Google Inc. will delete the personal data collected by the company’s Street View cars in Britain after regulators there wrapped up their inquiry into the intrusion.

Britain’s Information Commissioner said Friday that the Mountain View, Calif.-based company would improve data protection training for its employees around the world and create a privacy document for every new project it launches.

Google drew outrage from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic in May when the company acknowledged it had scooped up passwords and Web addresses being transmitted over unsecured wireless networks as part of its program to create three-dimensional maps of cities across the world. Last month, the company said some of the information included entire e-mails.

While apologizing for its conduct, Google has steadfastly insisted it didn’t break any laws. It says it wants to purge all the personal data that its Street View cars gathered after it gains clearance from regulators in the more than 30 affected countries.

Google already has gotten rid of the information that it picked up in Ireland, Denmark, Austria and Hong Kong.
Source: AP

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