Search giant Google has given written undertakings to Australia's privacy watchdog over its illegal collection of WiFi payload data and will conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment of the debacle to be handed to Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis.
The Australian Federal Police has dropped any case against Google over its high-profile blunder in collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars, noting the data collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy breach.
The Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner's handling of the Google StreetView WiFi privacy breach had been "a travesty" and an abrogation of specific responsibilities, the Australian Privacy Foundation has charged.
In a decision that could have wide reaching consequences for Google, the Full Federal Court of Australia has declared that the dominant search giant has broken the law by publishing misleading or deceptive advertisements in response to search queries. The decision follows an appeal in October 2011 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission against an earlier judgement which Google won.
The Australian Federal Police has commenced its second major telecommunications hardware purchasing initiative in six months, going to market this week for suppliers to maintain and gradually replace its Cisco-dominated core networking environment.
Google Australia remains a prosecution target of federal investigators over its systematic and unauthorised collection of personal data through its fleet of Street View cars, with the Australian Federal Police currently assessing advice on possible breaches of Commonwealth criminal law.