Via The Telegraph:
It came to light in 2010 that search engine giant Google had collected information from open WiFi networks via its Streetview mapping cars. Google had assured the public that the sensitive information – passwords, email, etc. – had been destroyed. Well, that may not have been the truth after all:
Google has admitted that it did not in fact delete all the data, which could include passwords and emails, collected over open WiFi networks by its Streetview mapping cars in 2010 in a number of countries around the world.
The news means that Britain’s recently reopened investigation into the so-called WiFi snooping could be bolstered by an opportunity to re-examine evidence that the ICO had asked to be destroyed.