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Official Wants Clearer Privacy Lines on Street View

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

February 9, 2010

German Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner wants more privacy safeguards for Google's Street View, calling it a "million-fold violation of the private sphere," The Local reports. Although Google has agreed to blur identifying images such as faces and license-plate numbers in Street View's online tours of cities and towns, such details are only obscured in the company's raw images by formal request. Aigner is now exploring legal avenues to require Google to obtain consent for all the raw images it collects for Street View, the report states. A Google spokeswoman, meanwhile, has pointed out the company has spent a year using the current data protection stipulations to govern how it collects and manages images.
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