Google Street View warned by EU over map photos

European Union’s data protection group urged Google to make changes to its Street View “First is to warn people before it sends cameras out into cities to take pictures for its Street View maps. Second, Google should shorten the time it keeps the original photos from one year to six months, regulators said in a […]

European Union’s data protection group urged Google to make changes to its Street View “First is to warn people before it sends cameras out into cities to take pictures for its Street View maps. Second, Google should shorten the time it keeps the original photos from one year to six months, regulators said in a letter from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party to the company.” Google said it already posts notifications on its Web site about where its Street View cameras are clicking. The alert system on Thursday indicated Google's picture-taking vehicles have been cruising the streets of Nantes, France and possibly other nearby cities. In a statement, Google said its need to retain Street View images for one year is "legitimate and justified." A Google attorney shared this statement with Bloomberg: “The need to retain the unblurred images is legitimate and justified — to ensure the quality and accuracy of our maps, to improve our ability to rectify mistakes in blurring, as well as to use the data we have collected to build better maps products for our users,” Peter Fleischer, a Google lawyer in charge of privacy issues, said in an e-mailed statement. “We have publicly committed to a retention period of 12 months from the date on which images are published on Street View, and this is the period which we will continue to meet globally.”

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