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Thür: A Change in Legislation Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—SWITZERLAND

May 24, 2010

According to Swiss Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thür, new rules should be put in place to regulate Internet service companies that handle sensitive personal data, reports swissinfo.ch.  "A change in legislation is needed...for all IT applications," Thür told the Sonntag newspaper. "Everyone that offers applications on the market that could harm personal rights must be certified." The commissioner is currently in a legal dispute with Google over its Street View mapping service, as well as part of a multinational effort taking the company to task for collecting personal data from unprotected wireless networks while taking pictures for Street View.
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