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Switzerland: Lawsuit against Google Street View


Hanspeter Thür, the federal data protection and information commissioner, brought suit against Google over an alleged failure to protect people's privacy on its Street View website. In a statement he said: "Numerous faces and vehicle number plates are not made sufficiently unrecognizable from the point of view of data protection, especially where the persons concerned are shown in sensitive locations, e.g. outside hospitals, prisons or schools... The height from which the camera on top of the Google vehicle films is also problematic. It provides a view over fences, hedges and walls, with the result that people see more on Street View than can been seen by a normal passer-by in the street."
Prior to taking Google to the country's Federal Administrative Court Thür had asked Google to take various measures, but the company had not complied with the request. Thür inter alia demanded that Google develop a better system for blurring faces and licence plate numbers to guarantee privacy protection.


For more information see: Claburn, Thomas, Google Fights Street View Ban in Switzerland, InformationWeek



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