European Data Protection Digest

Polish DPA Exploring Legality of Street View

PRIVACY LAW—POLAND

November 19, 2010

Warsaw Business Journal reports that Google may not be able to introduce its Street View feature in Poland because authorities feel it is illegal. The Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (GIODO) is checking the legality of the service, the report states, but has already indicated that his office does not support the company's storage of images of Polish streets on its server for 12 months. A GIODO spokesperson said the office previously released a decision demanding that source photos used for Street View be deleted immediately after posting. Meanwhile, Google placed 3-D images of 20 German cities online yesterday, though some buildings were pixilated; 245,000 Germans had asked that pictures of their homes be blurred for privacy.
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