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Google Wi-Fi data contained no 'meaningful details'

After asking Google to delete data it had collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, U.K.-based ICO has asked for samples of the data, following complaints from campaign groups.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor

The U.K.'s privacy watchdog has visited Google to look at samples of data collected by the company from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, and says the data was free of "meaningful personal details".

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which in May said the data should be deleted as it was unlikely to investigate, said in a statement on Wednesday that it had visited Google premises on Jul. 15 to assess samples of the data.

"[While] Google considered it unlikely that it had collected anything other than fragments of content, we wanted to make our own judgement as to the likelihood that significant personal data had been retained and, if so, the extent of any intrusion," said the ICO statement. "The information we saw does not include meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable person."

Read more of "Google Wi-Fi data contained no 'meaningful details'" at ZDNet UK.

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