Feeds

Google ordered to destroy Oz Street View data

Privacy Commissioner demands seek, destroy, audit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Australian Privacy Commission has followed the lead of its global counterparts demanding that Google Australia immediately destroys payload data which was siphoned by the SteetView wi-fi data sucking car squads.

In a letter sent to Google’s Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs Iarla Flynn, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim sent a strict edict that Google should immediately destroy the data additionally demanding that an independent third party confirm that the data has been destroyed.

Pilgram has also requested that Google commits to an audit to ensure “that no other disks containing this data exist, and to advise me once this audit is completed.”

Google's Australian PR team has told El Reg "Of course, we'll continue working closely with the Privacy Commissioner on this issue.".

The matter has re-emerged following the revelations that Google was harbouring additional Street View data, after Google had advised that the original data was destroyed back in March 2011.

Google Australia notified the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on July 27 that Google has identified more payload data collected by Google’s Street View vehicles in Australia. In the last few weeks around 11 data protection authorities in Europe had received confession from Google explaining that it still had random Street View data on its servers.

Last week Google’s French digs came under fire from France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), which requested that they surrender the Street View payload data . Last month, Google UK confessed it still had "in its possession a small portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK".

Meanwhile the Australian Privacy Commission has also announced that it has opened an official investigation onto the Anonymous data hacks against AAPT and Melbourne IT .®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.