By Marcus Leach
The UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) has issued Google with a list of suggestions aimed at improving the internet giant's privacy.
Google admitted last year that their Street View cars had inadvertently collected sensitive WiFi data.
Chief amongst the ICO's findings was a recommendation to increase Google's educational videos, as well as a widespread Privacy Design Document (PDD), which at the time of the review only covered engineers working on new products.
"We’ve (Google) expanded privacy and security trainings for new employees, and we’ve significantly enhanced the core training for engineers over the past year to focus on the responsible collection, use and handling of data," Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy, product and engineering, said in her blog post.
"We’ve also developed new security and privacy training for all Googlers. At the same time, we have improved our internal procedures by introducing new documentation for engineering projects and by creating a team to review (and where appropriate audit) those projects.
"These changes have just received their first external review. In the course of completing its investigation into our inadvertent collection of WiFi payload data, the Information Commissioner’s Office requested a consensual audit of our privacy processes.
"Today (Wednesday), the ICO released its report, finding 'reasonable assurance that Google have implemented the privacy process changes outlined in the Undertaking'. The report verifies the improvements we’ve made to our internal privacy structures, training programmes and internal reviews, and identifies some scope for continued work. We welcome their feedback on our progress, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that we continue to develop products that reflect strong privacy standards and practices.
"We know that there is no perfect solution, so we will continue to improve our current processes and develop new ones so that privacy awareness grows and evolves alongside Google."
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