Google has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a portion of payload data collected by our Street View vehicles.
In January 2011, Google South Africa confirmed that they have collected payload data from unencrypted wireless networks in South Africa.
At the time Google said that they were no longer collecting Wi-Fi data, and that they “want to delete this data as soon as possible and will continue to work with the authorities to determine the best way forward”.
Last week news emerged that Google had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as e-mails, that its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.
“Google has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a small portion of…data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK,” Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel said in a letter published by the ICO.
“Google apologizes for this error. Google would now like to delete the remaining data.” a company spokesperson said.
Google did not answer questions as to why the data was not deleted as promised, and when it now plans to delete the data.