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Court: Street View Must Blur Images

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND

April 5, 2011

A Swiss court has ruled that Google must ensure anonymity before it publishes faces and license plates captured in that country on its Street View mapping feature, Deutsche Welle reports. The ruling comes after the Swiss data protection commissioner argued in 2009 that the feature's privacy safeguards were insufficient. The company said it is disappointed with the court's ruling, which also requires the company to blur the skin color and clothing of people near sensitive locations such as women's shelters or hospitals. Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, said the company will now consider its appeal options and will "take some time to consider what this means for Street View in Switzerland."
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