By Claire West

Search engine giant Google has admitted that e-mails and in some cases passwords were copied during its Street View project.

Google's motto is 'don't be evil' and by admitting to this mistake it will hope to keep the trust of UK consumers.

Alan Eustace, Senior VP, Engineering & Research at Google said; “We are mortified by what happened”.

In a frank admission he went on to say; “We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we’re acutely aware that we failed badly here”

A spokesperson for the Information Commissioners Office has said that;

"We will be making enquires to see whether this information relates to the data inadvertently captured in the UK, before deciding on the necessary course of action, including a consideration of the need to use our enforcement powers,"