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The toothless watchdog v Google’s creepy line

Published on
4 Nov 2010
Written by
Professor Ian Brown

The Guardian has just published my article on the Information Commissioner’s Google Street View decision:

Google is facing legal investigations around the world into its Wi-Fi-snooping Street View cars. But after cursory consideration, the UK’s information commissioner has forgiven the company this illegal interception in return for a promise to do better in future. Why should any company or government agency care about complying with data protection law if this is the worst they can expect?