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Google May Not Renew Street View in Europe

PRIVACY LAW—EU

March 3, 2010

Google may not map the continent again if European Union data-protection regulators decide to cut the image storage time for the company's Street View service from one year to six months, BusinessWeek reports. "I think we would consider whether we want to drive through Europe again, because it would make the expense so draining," said Michael Jones, founder of Google Earth, noting the need for longer storage time due to software constraints. "I think that privacy is more important than technology but for privacy people it is only about privacy," Jones said, while, "for us it is also about technology. We have to be actually able to do what they want us to do. What we want is to have enough time."
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