Google is resisting turning over the data to German government privacy officials on the grounds that it may be a violation of German privacy law to do so: "In Germany, Google said it wasn't able to comply with Hamburg data protection supervisor's Thursday deadline to hand over data the company had collected — inadvertently, it says — while roving cars were compiling its Street View photo map archive. Ironically, the company implied that German privacy laws were preventing it from turning over the information, even to a government agency.
"As granting access to payload data creates legal challenges in Germany which we need to review, we are continuing to discuss the appropriate legal and logistical process for making the data available," Peter Barron, a Google spokesman in London, said. "We hope, given more time, to be able to resolve this difficult issue."," NYT reports.