Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Czech Cancel Google Street View Expansion

Old Town / Czech Republic, PragueImage by flydime via Flickr
Claiming the mapping function of Street View is too invasive of personal privacy, the Office for Personal Data Protection of the Czech Republic has decided against issuing the necessary registration for Street View to  Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet search engine colossus Google, Inc., according to an Associated Press article.

Google has encountered stiff opposition from several European countries and other nations around the world to the Street View feature because of privacy concerns.  Photos of neighborhoods offered by the Google function offend those who claim individuals are being filmed without their consent in places they may not want to be seen and captured engaging in activities they may want kept out of the public eye. Australia has claimed Google violated its privacy act while assembling mapping data. (See "TUOL" post 7/9/10).

It's not easy being omnipotent.

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