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Lawyers called in to deal with Google Street View case

18th June 2012

A London-based firm has been employed by solicitors with in-house legal jobs at Google to defend the search engine giant against allegations that its Street View service was responsible for the illegal collection of private data.

Privacy watchdogs at the Information Commissioner Office (ICO) have decided to reopen an investigation that had been largely wound down, due to the appearance of new evidence collected by the US Federal Communications Commission.

It has been suggested that the camera-carrying cars which travelled around the UK when Google was building its Street View images also unlawfully gathered information about members of the public from their insecure internet networks, including passwords and emails.

The private practice representing Google will be kept busy over the coming months as the web company has been asked to provide answers to seven questions raised by the ICO, including what the group did to prevent the breach of data protection regulations and when UK management was made aware that anything untoward may have been taking place.