Mistaken collection of payload data.
Unknown, but likely to be minimal.
Google Streetview Vans, adapted to pick up on publically available Wi-Fi signals had mistakenly collected payload data.
Undertaking issued to ensure that Google puts in place improved training measures on security awareness and data protection issues for all employees. Project engineers will be required to maintain a privacy design document for every new project before it is launched. All the payload data must be deleted.
Reason for action
Google took rapid remedial action, however the fact that issue occurred at all was still of note. Google was required to facilitate a consensual audit by the ICO.
19 November 2010