Google SteetView and Canadian Privacy

The image “http://www.google.com/images/maps_results_logo.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.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.

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5 Responses to “Google SteetView and Canadian Privacy”

  1. Joe Says:

    Just to let you know; it’s already happening, privacy concerns notwithstanding. I reside in small town SW Ontario and on my morning walk just today, I was captured by the Google mobile as it passed along my street. Hard to miss what with the contraption on top, the California plates and the Google Maps decal plastered to the doors.

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