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Google Street View Under Fire Down Under

July 10, 2010

Australia’s Communication Minister is alleging Google’s Street View violates that nation’s privacy laws, according to the Associated Press.  [via Media Law Prof Blog]

Google Street View has come under fire before, but it hasn’t ever (to my knowledge) violated any laws.  Personally, I like the feature.

The general complaint about Street View is that it undermines an individual’s privacy.  Sometimes, it does.  Because everything on Street View is visible by any passer-by, and because Google has a takedown procedure, and an automated face-blurring system, no legal challenge has ever stuck in the U.S.

 I don’t know anything about Australian privacy law, but this might be one to watch.

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