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UK data watchdog ticks Google Street View

The UK Information Commissioner has declared the privacy safeguards Google uses in its Street View service to be ‘adequate’.

Street View service takes photographs of a city’s streets and publishes them together as a photo-map of a city. However, individuals can be identified in some images, raising privacy concerns.

To deal with these, Google is developing face and vehicle number plate blurring technologies which it is using in the bringing together of a Paris Street View service. Individuals can complain if they feel they are identifiable withing images, in which case the company will remove those images.
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