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Commissioner Wants Safeguards Ahead of Street View

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND

February 24, 2011

Switzerland's data protection commissioner wants Google to manually blur sensitive images stored on its Street View mapping feature, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Swiss Court heard arguments on the yearlong ban of the service today and will make a decision on whether to lift the moratorium in coming weeks. Commissioner Hanspeter Thür has asked that license plate numbers, faces, hospitals and women's shelters be blurred. "I don't want a ban of Google Street View," Thür told the Swiss Court. "But in the present form, Google Street View breaches basic principles of privacy." Google lawyers have asked that the ban be lifted. Manually blurring images is too costly, and the feature does so automatically, they said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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