The UK Information Commissioner's Office has published the results of its consensual data protection audit of Google Inc's privacy processes, initiated as a result of the Google Streetview collection of wifi payload data.
The audit was based on a desk-based review of relevant documentation, an on-site visit at Google Inc in London on 19 and 20 July 2011 including interviews with staff, and an inspection of selected records.
Verdict - there's been progress in Google's privacy procedures, but more improvements are needed.
For more info -
- ICO press release 16 Aug 2011 (in HTML not PDF, thumbs up!) - this lists the improvements so far, and future areas needing work
- audit report executive summary (PDF) (full audit not available)
- Google's blog regarding this audit
- Google's undertaking to the ICO November 2010, and ICO press release about the undertaking
For anyone interested, there's a full Guide to ICO data protection audits.
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