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Czech Republic ‘Google Street View Invades Privacy’

According to The Guardian, the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection says that Street View “disproportionately invades citizens” privacy” and might violate Czech law. The country began investigating Street View in April — six months after Google launched the service there. Google agreed to suspend Street View photography and data collection until it finished negotiating with Czech officials. But according to The Guardian, Igor Nemec, chairman of the Czech privacy agency, isn’t satisfied with those negotiations.

[Nemec] also expressed concern about the technology used to capture panoramic images, saying the cameras built atop Street View cars are too tall (2.7 metres), allowing photographs to be captured “over the fence”.

Earlier in the week Nemec said Google had failed to comply with obligations incumbent on companies collecting data in the country. “A data [collector] seated outside the European Union is obliged to appoint a representative on the territory of the Czech Republic. Google Inc, an American entity, has failed to do this.”


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