Greece, Japan Come Down On Street View

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Google’s Street View program is not having a good week.  Yesterday, word spread that Greek authorities had (at least temporarily) forbidden the Street View team from taking any pictures in their country, and today, it’s been reported that Google will reshoot all of its already-public images of Japan. 

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Both matters tie to privacy, of course.  In Greece, the Data Protection Authority "said it wants Google to disclose how long it intends to keep the images it takes, and what steps it is taking to alert residents liable to be photographed of their rights," according to the AFP.

In Japan, it seems that the height of Street View cameras set off a protest.  Google’s promised to lower the cameras by 16 inches as a result, which should keep them from shooting over the fences of private homes.

These developments may represent the start of some serious problems for Street View.  Until now, the program’s encountered few issues, with a lawsuit in the US and the complaints of Privacy International in the UK failing to have any effect.

If Street View loses its momentum and/or starts to cost Google a significant amount of money, we may find out if the company has a Plan B in store.

Greece, Japan Come Down On Street View
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