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Court Rules Street View Need Not Guarantee Total Anonymity

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND

June 8, 2012

A federal court has ruled that Google will not be required to ensure all images of faces and license plates are obscured, swissinfo.ch reports. However, people may ask the company to blur their images manually, the report states. The decision declares a lower court's earlier ruling--that the company blur the images because its commercial interests did not outweigh Swiss privacy law--went too far. The federal court ordered Google treat requests for blurring "without red tape" and that it offer a free contact service online and postal address for such requests. The federal data protection and information commissioner says he is "extremely satisfied with the judgement."
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