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Watchdog barks again at Google Street View

The Swiss data protection commissioner has made fresh proposals to Google Switzerland to improve privacy of its online Street View.

This content was published on September 14, 2009 - 20:53

The office of Hanspeter Thür said on Monday that there were many problem pictures that did not respect anonymity, particularly in private roads and gardens.

Google Switzerland has said it is "very disappointed" at Thür's position because it had supplied much information and had received the go-ahead to go online, only for Thür to change his position a few days later.

The office of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner says Google has to improve its system of blurring faces and car registration plates.

It also has to pay particular attention to blurring such places as hospitals, schools and prisons.

Google has 30 days to accept the proposals; if they are rejected, Thür may go to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.

The organisation says Street View has been very popular in Switzerland and people should continue to enjoy it.

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