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Consumer Affairs Minister Wants Tightened Law

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

February 24, 2010

Google plans to launch the German version of its Street View mapping feature by the end of the year, but the German government says more work needs to be done to ensure the privacy of those captured in the online photos, reports Deutsche Welle. Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner said, "I do not share the company's assessment that all personal data concerns have been resolved." Her staff is consulting with justice ministry officials about tightening legislation, the report states. Street View offers panoramic images of cities and towns. A Google spokesperson said, "We've been discussing privacy issues all over Europe, but here in Germany the intensity of the questions is really impressive."
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