Google Streetview Banned

Greece decides that Google Street View is an intrusion on people’s private lives

After a recently well publicised incident in Britain where angry residents of the village of Broughton in Buckinghamshire, tried to stop a Google Street View car from taking pictures, a government body in Greece has gone one step further.

The country’s Data Protection Authority (DPA), which is a government privacy watchdog group, has banned Street View cars from taking pictures for its mapping website, until Google satisfies the authority over certain privacy arrangements.

Already the search engine company has said it will make sure vehicle license plates are not legible when being viewed, but the authority wants more information. A sticking point, according to the DPA, is how Google intends to store and process the original images.

In a public statement, the company said,”The authority has reserved judgment on the legality of the service pending the submission of additional information, and until that time will not allow the company to start gathering photographs.”