Leaders To Convene Summit
ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANYAugust 19, 2010
Germany is now planning a summit on geographically based Internet services in response to concerns about Google's introduction of Street View in that country, Spiegel reports. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said government ministers as well as consumer, data and privacy protection officials and "the companies in question--including, above all, Google" will be invited to the summit, the report states. Meanwhile, Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar is calling for greater protection of private data on the Internet, including a federal register to assist those who want to keep their personal information off the Web. According to Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, "The current right to data protection needs to finally be adapted for the digital world."