Daily DashboardEuropean Data Protection Digest

Mapping Service Debate Continues

ONLINE PRIVACY—EUROPE

August 17, 2010

While debate continues in Germany over Google's plan to launch its Street View services in 20 cities there, Spain has become the most recent country to launch an investigation into concerns that Street View data collection violated people's privacy, a Google spokeswoman confirmed. Meanwhile, Google has announced it is seeking a UK Privacy Counsel. The Wall Street Journal reports that polls show a majority of Germans oppose having images of their homes included in Street View. While Google has given residents several weeks to opt out of the service before it goes live, concerns persist that Street View data could eventually be used by some sites in conjunction with other personal information about residents. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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