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Google responds to Street View privacy concerns

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 15, 2009 4:16 AM PDT

Search giant bows to pressure from European privacy groups

David Neal

vnunet.com, 15 Jun 2009

Google has announced changes to the way it collects images for its Street View service in response to a number of complaints from privacy advocates.

The search firm said on Friday that many of the alterations follow ongoing discussions with the Article 29 Working Party, a coalition of European data protection agencies.

"It is important for companies operating services across Europe to be able to follow harmonised data protection guidance, and we are grateful to the Article 29 Working Party for its advice and collaboration on Street View," said Peter Fleischer, global privacy counsel for Google, in a blog post.

"They have asked us to make a few additional modifications to address local specificities to ensure that Street View better aligns to local interpretations of privacy requirements across the whole of Europe."

More: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2244144/google-announced-changes-street

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