Google agrees to delete personal data collected in the U.K.


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Google has agreed to delete personal data its Street View trucks picked up in the U.K. while cruising around, snapping photos for Google Maps, British officials said Friday.


The British Information Commissioner said that Google would improve its data protection training for employees worldwide and also create a privacy document for each one of its new projects.

The changes in practice for Google come after government regulators in the U.S. and the U.K. learned that the search-engine giant was acquiring passwords and other private online information being transmitted over unsecured wireless networks during drive-arounds to shoot 360-degree images used in Google Maps with Street View.

Google, for its part, has said it captured the private data by mistake and has pledged not to do it again.


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Above: Google Maps with Street View image of Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, in London.