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EU cautions Google over Street View photos

Feb 26, 2010, 20:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lance Whitney)

"Google is in hot water in Europe once again over Street View map photos.

"In a letter sent to the search giant this week, the European Union's privacy watchdog told Google that it should warn towns and cities before it snaps photos for its online Street View maps. The EU also told the company that it should cut the time it keeps the original photos online from a year to six months.

"In response, Google said it already posts updates on its Web site about the itinerary of its Street View cameras. The company also addressed privacy concerns, noting that the photos are all of public places and are typically several months to a couple of years old. In addition, the company blurs identifiable images, such as faces and license plates, and will remove a specific image if requested."

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