Here’s the short text of a Reuters story from this morning (via the WSJ):
Google Inc. is considering a Canadian launch of its Street View map feature, which offers street-level close ups of city centers, but would blur people’s faces and vehicle-license plates to respect Canadian privacy laws, the Mountain View, Calif., company said.
Canada’s privacy commissioner said the feature, which offers 360-degree images of nine U.S. cities, could violate Canadian laws if it were introduced without alterations. The commissioner has yet to hear from Google, a spokesman said.
Here’s my earlier discussion of the issue from a post at SEL:
More stringent and complex privacy rules in Canada would make it more challenging to roll out street-level photography there. The Canadian act appears to require consent in some circumstances, where individuals are identifiable in photographs, before publication. As a practical matter that would be impossible. Google has a process in place to request removal of images after they appear in Street View.