European Data Protection Digest

Court: Street View Must Blur Images

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND

April 8, 2011

Privacy advocates say they are pleased with a Swiss court's ruling that Google must ensure anonymity before it publishes faces and license plates captured in that country on its Street View mapping feature, Swiss info.ch reports. "I'm relieved that the question of whether a citizen walking the streets is fair game for online services has been resolved," said Swiss Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thϋr. The ruling, which Thϋr said "confirms our right to our own image," comes after Thϋr argued in 2009 that the feature's privacy safeguards were insufficient. Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, said the company will "take some time to consider what this means for Street View in Switzerland."
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