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Industry Submits Code of Practice for Online Maps

GEO PRIVACY—GERMANY

March 3, 2011

Germany's digital industry has submitted a voluntary code of privacy to the government in response to public concerns over services like Google's Street View that publish images of residences online, Monsters and Critics reports. The draft code of practice, submitted by a federation representing the industry, would establish a Web site disclosing information collected about German towns, explain how Germans can file objections to data gathering and offer links for complaints, the report states. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who received the industry's code, called it "a sign of greater transparency by German businesses and international corporations."
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