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Police Investigating Street View Image

ONLINE PRIVACY—FINLAND

February 16, 2010

Finnish police are investigating whether Google's Street View mapping feature has breached privacy legislation, reports Agence France-Presse. Street View launched in Finland last week, offering panoramic images of cities and towns. A Raahe police sergeant confirmed that the department initiated a criminal investigation on Thursday at the request of a resident who was captured in one of the photographs taken for the feature while seated in the garden of a private residence last summer. It is the first investigation of its kind in Finland, according to the report. Police will determine whether Google violated unauthorized surveillance and privacy laws.
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