Google to appeal against Street View ruling

Google will appeal against a court ruling that imposed tougher privacy measures on its Street View service, a move welcomed by the Swiss data protection commissioner.

This content was published on May 11, 2011 - 11:27 and agencies

In a statement on Wednesday, Google said it would take the decision by the Federal Administrative Court before the Federal Court in Lausanne, Switzerland’s highest appeals court.

The ruling in April said Google must guarantee anonymity in its street view service, obscuring faces and vehicle license plates captured in Switzerland.

This could force Google to close its Street View service in Switzerland, the internet giant said.

Swiss data protection commissioner, Hanspeter Thür, claims Google breaches citizens’ right to privacy with its street view programme.

Thür said on Wednesday he was confident the Federal Court would uphold the original ruling. Such a decision would clarify once and for all the legal issues involved, he said.

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