Google Maps endangering privacy in UK?

29Mar09

Privacy InternationalFrom today’s Washington Post: The fury in the UK over Google’s effort to introduce its Street View feature to Google Maps continues to escalate. The latest twist: A privacy group has filed a formal complaint with the British Information Commissioner, asking that the service be shut down pending an investigation, because it says more than 200 people could be identified in the street-view images.

Privacy International says that Google’s privacy safeguards, which include the automatic blurring of faces in Street View photos, haven’t worked well enough. The group details a number of instances in which people’s privacy was violated, including one in which a man smoking a cigarette was recognized by a partner, causing “distress and dysfunction in the relationship as the man in question had not disclosed to his partner that he enjoyed the occasional cigarette.”

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