Google have had a long running battle with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the subject of the retention of data collected when Google created its Street View maps and photos.

Clearly the ICO is upset and extremely annoyed at Google for not doing so in a timely fashion and this can only lead to further trouble for Google on a European wide basis.

An ICO spokesperson said:

“Earlier today Google contacted the ICO to confirm that it still had in its possession some of the payload data collected by its Street View vehicles prior to May 2010. This data was supposed to have been deleted in December 2010. The fact that some of this information still exists appears to breach the undertaking to the ICO signed by Google in November 2010.

“In their letter to the ICO today, Google indicated that they wanted to delete the remaining data and asked for the ICO’s instructions on how to proceed. Our response, which has already been issued, makes clear that Google must supply the data to the ICO immediately, so that we can subject it to forensic analysis before deciding on the necessary course of action.

“We are also in touch with other data protection authorities in the EU and elsewhere through the Article 29 Working Party and the GPEN network to coordinate the response to this development.

“The ICO is clear that this information should never have been collected in the first place and the company’s failure to secure its deletion as promised is cause for concern.”

Click here to read the letter sent to the ICO by Google.

Click here to read the ICO’s response to Google.

Read my summary of the proposed European Data Protection Act here.