Data protection officials in the Czech Republic said Wednesday they would not give Google a new license for collecting data for its Street View service because its cameras are too tall.
“Google uses a camera that is positioned at a height of 2.7 meters. This impinges in an invasive fashion on the privacy of citizens, and that’s what they’ve been filing complaints about,” said Igor Nemec, director of the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU).
“Google Street View shows the contents of their homes, and behind fences. That’s why we say that this amounts to collection of private data, and contravenes the stated aim of supporting tourism – which is what Google declared its service to be.”
The agency also cited Google’s failure, as a company from outside the European Union, to name a local official to process personal data in the Czech Republic.
Google has filed an appeal with the UOOU and the agency acknowledged that a “refusal of the registration does not prevent the possibility of further negotiations.”
Simon Rakosnik from the Grayling public relations company which represents Google said in a statement Google believed "these issues will be resolved soon," adding the company would stop collecting the data until then.
"We always want to make sure to protect the privacy of individuals and, at the same time, to provide the users of the service with quality pictures," he said.