Google's Street View has received a respited in Austria, as the Data protection watchdogs have given the go-ahead to take pictures of roads and house fronts across Austria for a controversial internet information service.
"The Austrian Data Protection Commission (DSK) announced on Thursday last that Google wasn't banned any longer from taking panoramic views of Austrian towns and cities for its Street View portal. Google was banned from continuing its activities in the country by the commission amid privacy protection concerns last May. The company has experienced similar complications in other countries as it aims to send its camera-equipped cars out onto the streets all over the world. Google admitted that its Street View cars had been accidentally collecting personal data over unsecured WiFi networks," reports Austrian Independent.
But, Google Austria said today it was "happy" about the DSK's decision, but added it had no plans to offer Street View in the country in the foreseeable future. The company refused to reveal when it might send its cars out on Austria's roads.
Why not? It might be due to the restrictions that accompany last week's decision. Among other things, Google would have to give Austrian residents the opportunity to blur their homes.
Or, it could be due to:
The public debate regarding Street View intensified in April 2010 when an Upper Austrian pensioner threatening the driver of a Google 360-degree camera vehicle with a pickaxe. Hermann Zach from Steyregg said he became so angry at the sight of the car outside his home that he chased after its driver wielding an axe. Neighbours eventually managed to keep the 70-year-old man from following the Google employee any further.
Anyways, Google luck! Google.
[Source: Austrian Independent]