The UK’s Information Commissioner Office (ICO) stated that “Google didn’t grab “significant” personal details when collecting data from wi-fi networks.” The finding came after the body reviewed some of the data Google scooped up from unsecured networks. Google said the data was “mistakenly” gathered while logging wi-fi hotspots to help with location-based services. The ICO said it would closely monitor other global investigations.
ICO said in a statement: “On the basis of the samples we saw, we’re satisfied so far that it’s unlikely that Google have captured significant amounts of personal data.” It added: “There’s also no evidence – as yet – that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment.” Despite this, Google was “wrong” to gather information, said the ICO.
In response, Google said: “We welcome the news that the data protection authorities in UK have found that the payload data contained no meaningful personal information.” “As we said when we announced our mistake, we didn’t want and have never used any payload data in our products or services.”