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Google 'Street View' saga set to continue

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), although it closed its investigation last year, could be forced to look into privacy issues relating to Google Street View again, after the Canadian privacy watchdog suggested “significant personal data had indeed been collected”.

After a second look at the issue, the ICO insisted that Google submitted to a series of audits, but chose not to fine them.

Now that even more new evidence has come to light (a report by the US Federal Communications Commission) suggesting that “Google employees were fully aware of the data collection”, the ICO “…will study the Federal Communication Commission’s report and consider what further action, if any, needs to be taken.”

The next audit is due from Google in June, which will prove/disprove whether the ICO’s initial recommendations have been implemented or not.