Feb 242011
 February 24, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online

Associated Press reports that Google continues to encounter resistance to Street View in the Swiss courts from the country’s data protection commissioner, Hanspeter Thuer.

Thuer disputed the tech giant’s claim that its technology automatically blurs faces and car license plates:

Using a live version of Street View, he demonstrated examples where the software failed to obscure faces of adults and children in public _ including outside the court _ and even inside private homes.

“I don’t want a ban of Google Street View,” Thuer told the court. “But in the present form Google Street View breaches basic principles of privacy.”


Thuer wants Google to guarantee that all faces and car plates are blurred _ if necessary by checking all pictures manually.

He also demanded that private gardens and sensitive locations such as schools, hospitals and women’s shelters be obscured.

Read more on Trib.com.

How nice for citizens to have a commissioner whose responsibility is to safeguard their privacy. Where can we get one of those?

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