According to BBC, today the UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has ruled that Google committed a “significant breach” of UK laws, but Google won’t face fines or any form of punishment. Just last week there was a speculation that Graham would use his authority to fine Google up to £500,000.
Instead, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will audit Google’s data protection practices. The move marks a U-turn for the ICO which originally ruled that no data breach had occurred.
Last week the ICO vowed to look again at the evidence, after the Canadian data agency found the search giant in breach of its law.
Mr Graham said Google must delete the data – collected from unsecured wi-fi networks – “as soon as it is legally cleared to do so”.
Google has apologised for collecting the data, which it said had been done by mistake.