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Street View To Launch

SURVEILLANCE—ISRAEL

February 22, 2011

The Iraeli Justice Ministry's Law Information and Technology Authority will launch an open hearing to receive feedback from residents on Google's Street View mapping feature, which will begin operating in Israel soon. Attorney Yoram Hacohen, head of the authority, recently discussed the privacy and security implications and how residents can protect themselves, Haaretz.com reports. The authority will give Google guidelines on privacy safeguards, Hacohen said, adding that the mapping service blurs details such as license plates and faces, and residents may request that photos of their homes be blurred. The public must be informed of filming and has the right to request removal from a Street View database, he said.
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