May 13, 2009

Google Street View Not Welcomed in Greece -- Yet

Google Street View – the Internet application that allows you to virtually walk down many streets in the United States by viewing millions of photographs of buildings, people and cars, taken by Google vehicles mounted with cameras – has moved to Europe, amid much protests.

In April, hundreds of people in England raised privacy concerns when Google's camera-equipped cars began rolling down British streets. However, the government information commissioner ruled that the service is not a threat to personal privacy.

Now, a privacy watchdog has banned Google from gathering street-level images in Greece for a planned expansion into that country. In rejecting Google's bid to roam Greek streets with cameras, Greece's Data Protection Authority said it wanted clarification from the company on how it will store and process the original images and safeguard them from privacy abuses.

[via The New York Times]

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