UK Slaps Google’s Wrist Over Street View Data Collection

Following the lead of both the U.S. and Canadian governments, the UK government has decided against fining Google for its collection of personal data over unencrypted WiFi networks as part of the Street View photography service. According to the BBC, 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 speculation that Graham would use his authority to fine Google up to £500,000. Instead, the UK government has told Google to delete the personal as soon as it’s legal to do so, and said will conduct an audit of Google’s data protection practices.

While many countries are still investigating the data collection incident, both the Canadian and U.S. governments have elected not to levy fines.

Google has apologized and reiterated on several occasions that it collected the personal information inadvertently.

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Legal | Google: Street View


About The Author: is Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. His web career continues to include a small number of SEO and social media consulting clients, as well as regular speaking engagements at marketing events around the U.S. He recently launched a site dedicated to Google Glass called Glass Almanac and also blogs at Small Business Search Marketing. Matt can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt's disclosures on his personal blog.

Connect with the author via: Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn


Get all the top search stories emailed daily!  


Other ways to share:

Read before commenting! We welcome constructive comments and allow any that meet our common sense criteria. This means being respectful and polite to others. It means providing helpful information that contributes to a story or discussion. It means leaving links only that substantially add further to a discussion. Comments using foul language, being disrespectful to others or otherwise violating what we believe are common sense standards of discussion will be deleted. Comments may also be removed if they are posted from anonymous accounts. You can read more about our comments policy here.

Comments are closed.

Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest


Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States


Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech

Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!



Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide