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Google again faces Swedish criticism

Published söndag 26 augusti 2012 kl 11.59
File photo: AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach/Scanpix

Internet giant Google has once again been criticized by the Swedish Data Inspection Board for not deleting personal information it gathered while taking photographs for its Street View feature.

The company unintentionally collected information from private wi-fi networks while roaming the streets of Sweden taking the photos. Two years ago Google promised to erase the information, but according to the Data Inspection Board they still have not had any confirmation that this has actually happened.

Swedish Radio News reports that as recently as 27th July the board received a letter from Google stating that they still had some of the data saved, and promised to erase it.

Göran Gräslund, head of the Data Inspection Board told Swedish Radio News that he has once again written to Google to ask what has gone wrong, and why the information still has not been deleted.

"But because Google told us about it themselves, I still would like to think that they haven't been deliberately misleading us", he said.

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