Swiss Court to Google: Review all Street View Images or "Take the Service Offline"

Switzerland's top administrative court said it will rule on whether Google's Street View service is legal in Switzerland in coming weeks, following a public hearing in court Thursday.Now the Swiss are telling Google that the company should manually review all Street View images taken in Switzerland or "take the service offline," according to the Wall […]

Switzerland's top administrative court said it will rule on whether Google's Street View service is legal in Switzerland in coming weeks, following a public hearing in court Thursday.

Now the Swiss are telling Google that the company should manually review all Street View images taken in Switzerland or "take the service offline," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Currently Google is prevented by court order from updating Street View until the dispute is resolved. Street View has been online in Switzerland since 2009 and from the beginning Swiss privacy regulators have been critical of the service.

The WSJ reports that in Germany, which also has strict privacy laws, about 200,000 German households opted out of Street View in advance of its launch. It's not clear whether that option was available in Switzerland prior to Street View's launch in the country.

Claims of "prohibitive costs" are likely to fall on deaf ears among Europeans who see a company that grossed $29 billion last year and has seemingly limitless financial resources. Google also complained that other, similar services are being allowed to operate in Switzerland without the same requirements and burdens. Indeed, there appears to be more than just a little anti-Google sentiment fueling privacy enforcement in Switzerland.

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