Google, as is now being widely reported, is facing legal action initiated by the country’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thur for failing to ensure sufficient privacy in its Street View service. The Commissioner has expressed serious concerns about locations such as hospitals, prison or schools appearing on the service and has decided to sue the company for not blurring the faces and licence plates properly.

Right: the Swiss have taken blurring-out very seriously even before the appearance of Google Street View
Google, which maintains that it had been given the all-clear (or is it the “all-blur”?) by the Swiss data protecton service and that it already complied with national law, has indicated that it will defend itself stoutly.

For further details see TechWatch here; ComputerWeekly here; ITProPortal here

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