Swiss Privacy Commissioner Requests Street View Takedown

    August 24, 2009

The Swiss gave Street View a chance.  But, following the release of some imagery on Tuesday, Switzerland’s Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner asked Google late last week to withdraw its offering.

In May of 2008, Google introduced face-blurring technology to Street View in an attempt to satisfy privacy groups.  The software does its best to make license plates illegible, too.  The problem is that it’s not entirely accurate, and Commissioner Hanspeter Thür happened upon some omissions on both fronts.

This isn’t necessarily the end of the line for Street View in Switzerland.  In fact, images of Switzerland are still available for everyone to see right now.

Going forward, the key thing is that Thür is supposed to meet with representatives of Google sometime this week in an attempt to sort something out.  It’s also important to note that Google is still pulling down specific images upon request, and Thür is aware of this fact.

Google can’t be thrilled that Street View has hit another speed bump, though.  International complaints seem to be adding up, with stories tied to Germany, Greece, and Japan all making headlines just within the past few months.