European Data Protection Digest

Street View Concerns Persist, Could Pixels Replace People?


August 13, 2010

Privacy concerns over Google's Street View service prompted South Korean police to raid the company's offices while, a continent away, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement on Street View. In Germany, privacy concerns persist despite the company's offer to give property owners four weeks to opt out of the service before its launch. Officials there are now considering legislation to put more stringent controls on the service. Meanwhile, two U.S. researchers have discovered a way to ghost-out the images of pedestrians captured in street-level photography, InformationWeek reports. Speaking at the recent IEEE International Workshop on Mobile Vision, they suggested it could be a way for Google to address the privacy issues associated with its Street View mapping application.
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