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Mapping Feature Expands, Authorities Concerned

ONLINE PRIVACY—ISRAEL & SWITZERLAND

February 23, 2011

As Google moves forward with plans for its Street View mapping feature in Israel and Switzerland, authorities are voicing concerns. Bloomberg reports the company will soon photograph 218 miles of the Swiss Alps for the feature, despite a pending court challenge. A hearing is scheduled for February 24 after Switzerland's data protection officer argued in 2009 that Street View's privacy safeguards were insufficient. Google has agreed not to post new photos in Switzerland until a ruling has been made and said it has made improvements, the report states. The company has also met with Swiss data protection officials. Meanwhile, as Google plans to launch Street View in Israel, officials are concerned about potential uses of the images.
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