Feeds

Now French watchdog wants to look at Google's slurped Wi-Fi data

CNIL follows ICO in demanding to inspect info before it is destroyed

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Google has been ordered by France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) to hand over payload data retained on the company's system that its Street View spycars slurped from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

The demand follows Google's confession to Britain's Information Commissioner last week that it still had "in its possession a small portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK".

Mountain View described that retention as an "error" and said sorry for the apparent oversight.

It's understood that 11 data protection authorities in Europe received a missive from Google explaining that it still had the slurped data on its servers.

Now CNIL has fallen into step with the UK's ICO by telling Google it wanted to inspect the data before the company destroys it.

The French watchdog had, in March 2011, fined Google €100,000 for collecting the information, which included emails and passwords from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

But in the UK, regulators were less stringent. The ICO ping-ponged its investigation back and forth by first taking no action – having initially claimed that the data collected was benign – before reopening the probe after authorities in other parts of Europe as well as in the US came down much more heavily on Google. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.