The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wrote to the web giant this week to demand new answers about the operation, which intercepted and stored data from home and business WiFi networks across the country. But experts said that because the ICO believed assurances from Google in 2010 that it had accidentally intercepted signals as it took pictures of Britain’s streets for its Google Maps service, the chances of a successful prosecution were now tiny. Officials then ordered Google to destroy the data, so wiping out evidence that could be used to prosecute the firm under the Data Protection Act or other privacy laws. Read the full story at The Telegraph.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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