Wi-Fi data in Hong Kong
1. Google Inc. has now given a written Undertaking to
the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Mr. Roderick B. Woo ("the
Commissioner"). The Undertaking dated 7 June 2010 is the result
of protracted discussions between the Commissioner and Google Inc.
2. In the Undertaking, Google Inc. confirms that it
has ceased operating its Street View cars in Hong Kong and undertakes
that when the cars commence driving again in Hong Kong they will not
collect Wi-Fi data. In that respect, Google Inc. undertakes that
future Street View car operations carried out in Hong Kong shall comply
with the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, Cap.
486, Laws of Hong Kong.
3. Google Inc. undertakes to provide the Commissioner
access to the payload data identified as coming from Hong Kong which
the Street View cars had collected; and shall render such assistance as
may be required to facilitate the Commissioner's understanding of the
process of the collection and the interpretation of such data. In
the meantime, Google Inc. shall securely store the data, including any
backup, archives or copies and shall not tamper with same or allow
anyone to have unauthorized use or access which may contravene the laws
of Hong Kong.
4. Google Inc. also undertakes to completely delete
the payload data at the direction of the Commissioner and to provide
the Commissioner with an independent third party's verification of the
5. The Commissioner has now requested Google Inc. to
provide him with a copy of an analysis by an independent technical
service firm which has reviewed the source code involved in the
payload data collection. The Commissioner will consider the
analysis and other relevant materials before deciding the way forward.
6. Mr Woo said, "I am pleased that Google Inc. has
finally agreed to give a formal Undertaking which assures me that
appropriate remedial measures are being taken and addresses the public
concern in Hong Kong that Google Inc. had wrongly collected the payload