Google destroys NZ information

MICHELLE COOKE
Last updated 14:03 20/11/2012

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Google has destroyed all the information it illegally obtained from unsecured wifi connections during its street view filming in New Zealand four years ago.

The Privacy Commission first ordered Google to destroy the information in late 2010, after it learnt that Google had breached New Zealand's privacy law when filming streets in 2008 and 2009.

The commission was told by Google and an independent third party that all the information was destroyed, but commissioner Marie Shroff learnt in October this year that that was not the case.

Google had discovered one disk that may have contained information it collected in either New Zealand or Australia, Shroff was told.

The search-engine giant was once again ordered to destroy the disk and the commissioner was informed yesterday that it had.

"We're pleased to see the certificate from an independent agency verifying the irretrievable destruction of the New Zealand data," Shroff said.

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