Google collects personal details 'accidentally'

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Jul 30: British Information Commissioner Office (ICO) has told that the internet giant Google's collection of personal details through wi-fi networks was happened 'accidentally'.

Britain's top information office told that the Google won't grab any personal details but it happened accidentally when it was collecting data through wi-fi networks to help with location-based services.

"On the basis of the samples we saw, we are satisfied so far that it is unlikely that Google will have captured significant amounts of personal data." said IOC.

There is also no evidence that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment," IOC added.

The issue about gathering personal data by the Google came to light in May 2010 following a request by data protection authorities in Hamburg, Germany, for more information on Google's Street View technology which adds images of locations to maps.

It was found out that Google had grabbed data from unsecured networks for years as its 'Street View' cars captured images of street scenes.

This led to many countries' data protection authorities to press Google for access to the data it collected to see if laws protecting personal information were broken.

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