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Germany, Korea Raise "Street View" Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 11, 2010

German data privacy officials are criticizing Google's plan to give property owners there four weeks if they want to stop their buildings from showing up on the company's Street View mapping service, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, South Korean police have raided the company's offices there under suspicion it had been "illegally gathering citizens' personal information." Google, on the same day, announced it would introduce Street View in Germany's largest cities by the end of this year. Johannes Caspar, Hamburg's data protection regulator, said the quick introduction and lack of a complaints hotline "create doubts about Google's interests in a simple and user-friendly implementation." Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar noted, "It should also be ensured that all complaints received are dealt with before" Street View services begin.
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