[LINK] Google breached privacy and resumes data gathering
kim at holburn.net
Sun Jul 11 11:46:32 AEST 2010
On 2010/Jul/10, at 7:36 PM, Adrian Chadd wrote:
> .. and the repercussions are?
Google after all fessed up. What about all the other companies that
did similar things? Not a word about them.
> "In response to our investigation, Google has provided me with
> written undertakings that it will:
> • Publish an apology to Australians in Google's official Australian
> blog (www.google-au.blogspot.com) for its collection of unsecured
> WiFi 'payload' data.
> • Undertake to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) on any new
> Street View data collection activities in Australia that include
> personal information.
> • Provide a copy of these PIAs to my Office.
> • Regularly consult with the Australian Privacy Commissioner about
> personal data collection activities arising from significant product
> launches in Australia.
> "These steps will ensure Google's future products have privacy
> protections built in rather than bolted on. Google's undertakings
> will last for three years. These undertakings will be reviewed
> following any reforms to the Privacy Act.
> "Under the current Privacy Act, I am unable to impose a sanction on
> an organisation when I have initiated the investigation. My role is
> to work with the organisation to ensure ongoing compliance and best
> privacy practice.
> "This was an issue identified by the Australian Law Reform
> Commission (ALRC) inquiry into Australian privacy laws. The ALRC
> recommended that the enforcement regime be strengthened. My Office
> supports these recommendations, and the Australian Government has
> announced its intention to adopt them.
> "Other privacy authorities and law enforcement agencies may still be
> investigating the collection of WiFi 'payload' data by Google. In
> view of those ongoing investigations I do not propose to comment in
> more detail.
> "I would like to thank my international counterparts in New Zealand,
> Canada and Hong Kong, who worked with my Office in examining this
> "I also acknowledge the cooperation offered by Google throughout my
According to the enquirer:
> a slap on the wrist
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