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Google Urged to Protect Privacy in Street View Rollouts

DATA PROTECTION—EU

May 12, 2010

Officials from 30 European countries yesterday supported a measure that would force Google to create a coordinated approach to privacy issues arising as Street View is rolled out in Europe, Bloomberg reports. Google's Street View mapping feature may break EU laws unless it improves the blurring technique it uses to disguise images, the report states. "There needs to be a right to object for people, even when the images have not yet been put online," said Gerard Lommel, a member of the Article 29 Working Party. Google recently stressed its commitment to user privacy in response to similar calls last month.
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