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Authorities Reject Street View Request

ONLINE PRIVACY—CZECH REPUBLIC

September 15, 2010

For a second time, the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) has rejected Google's request to collect information necessary to complete the photo imaging for its Street View mapping service. Reuters reports that UOOU spokeswoman Hana Stepankova said the ruling doesn't ban Google from using photos it has already taken, and that if the company can ensure that the process can be done legally, the office may consider reversing its decision. While Google can publish only blurred images of individuals in the Czech Republic, the parties have not resolved whether it can include non-blurred images of car license tags and building facades, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Czech authorities are scheduled to release more information at a press conference on September 22.
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