After being caught spying on people across Europe and Australia with its Wi-Fi-slurping Street View cars, Google had told angry regulators that it would delete the ill-gotten data. Google broke its promise.
Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) received a letter from Google in which the company admits it kept a “small portion” of the electronic information it had been meant to get rid of. “Google apologizes for this error,” Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, said in the letter. Ireland’s deputy commissioner for data protection, Gary Davis, called Google’s failure “clearly unacceptable.”