By Max Clarke

Google have announced today (20/12) that they have deleted WiFi payload data mistakenly collected from unencrypted wireless networks in May this year.

The data, collected in passing by Google’s fleet of streetview cars, is thought largely to comprise bandwidth and ISP information; but it has also been speculated that browsing history, emails and passwords may have been included.

Google were lambasted by privacy campaigners and the breach widely covered in mainstream media, in what was described as a serious violation of internet privacy. Similar incidences have been protested in Canada, Germany and the USA.

It remains unclear why the data that had been collected inadvertently was saved in the first place, and why it took Google over 6 months to delete them.

The company apologised for collecting and storing the data, anddeny having used it in any of their products or services.