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Switzerland sues Google over privacy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Nov 2009 21:22 User comments (11)

Switzerland sues Google over privacy Switzerland's federal data protection commissioner Hans Thur has announced plans to sue search engine giant Google over lack of privacy safeguards in the Street View mapping system.
The system allows for users to see full panoramic streetscapes of most cities in US and Europe, including cars, buildings and even people. Google fully blurs faces and license plates, but Thur says it is not enough.

"Faces and vehicle number plates are not made sufficiently anonymous from the point of view of data protection, especially in cases where the persons concerned are shown in sensitive locations, such as outside hospitals, prisons or schools,"says Thur, via UPI.

"We are disappointed that Herr Thur has changed his position on Street View after launch, and that he has not considered our proposals for further improvements to the product," responded Google. "We will vigorously defend Street View in court and we're committed to continue bringing the benefits of this product to Swiss users."

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11 user comments

115.11.2009 23:05

Yay switzerland!!!

216.11.2009 11:02
LissenUp
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Switzerland needs to learn German ................

Kwicherbichin!!!!!!!

Faces and lic. plates are blurred so SHUT IT.

316.11.2009 17:16
manrod
Inactive

Let me get this off my chest before I go into this article...

Quote:

...Switzerland sues Google

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Apologies for that outburst. Don't want to sound harsh towards Switzerland, a beautiful country as it may be they sure do have some f*cked up laws and regulations over there but I didn't think it would come to this lol.

417.11.2009 5:06

I realy don't even care if it is a valid suit at this point...I just want google to bleed.



519.11.2009 6:17

Yes a beautiful country, but stuck up mardy arses. They cannot see beyond their stack of money at what GREAT technology Street View is.
Get a grip.
btw, what does Kwicherbichin mean?

619.11.2009 7:32

i hope switzerland lose.As for street view showing people outside hospitals and jails i didnt think it was illegal to film people outside hospitals and prisons??????if it distorts there faces and distorts cars number plates what difference is it whethers you can see them or not.


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722.11.2009 3:33

street view is cool when you want to make sure you're going the right way to your destination, but personally i dont like the fact that my house is on the frikkin internet. my entire community is there. there's probably a picture of me there somewhere too. blurred faces won't mean anything when you know people's mannerisms well enough to pinpoint who they are despite their face not being shown. you may not see my plate numbers, but you know i have a BMW. NOW you have step by step directions to my house to come steal it... it could breed insanity such as stalkers, home-invasion robbers and serial killers.

news: "what made you pick this neighborhood to start a crime spree?"

criminal: "well after seeing the professionally made homes and the various BMWs and SUVs in the driveways, i surmised that these should be well-to-do individuals who would be able to contribute greatly to my campaign of misdeeds."

uneducated criminal: "i seen them houses 'n cars on da inna-net 'n said i'mma git me summa dat"


@xant14:
Kwicherbichin => quit your bitching

822.11.2009 8:27

Originally posted by SuperXL:
street view is cool when you want to make sure you're going the right way to your destination, but personally i dont like the fact that my house is on the frikkin internet. my entire community is there. there's probably a picture of me there somewhere too. blurred faces won't mean anything when you know people's mannerisms well enough to pinpoint who they are despite their face not being shown. you may not see my plate numbers, but you know i have a BMW. NOW you have step by step directions to my house to come steal it... it could breed insanity such as stalkers, home-invasion robbers and serial killers.

news: "what made you pick this neighborhood to start a crime spree?"

criminal: "well after seeing the professionally made homes and the various BMWs and SUVs in the driveways, i surmised that these should be well-to-do individuals who would be able to contribute greatly to my campaign of misdeeds."

uneducated criminal: "i seen them houses 'n cars on da inna-net 'n said i'mma git me summa dat"


Quit your bitching. Who cares about your BMW.

922.11.2009 8:37

Quote:
street view is cool when you want to make sure you're going the right way to your destination, but personally i dont like the fact that my house is on the frikkin internet. my entire community is there. there's probably a picture of me there somewhere too. blurred faces won't mean anything when you know people's mannerisms well enough to pinpoint who they are despite their face not being shown. you may not see my plate numbers, but you know i have a BMW. NOW you have step by step directions to my house to come steal it... it could breed insanity such as stalkers, home-invasion robbers and serial killers.


technically if i knew where you lived i took drive past your house and take a photo and post it on any website i wanted.if you have a BMW i take it your insured and have an alarm and immobilizer.anyone that drives a BMW should have an alarm and immobilizer & insurance if they don't they must be an idiot or something.i doubt uneducated criminals would know how to use the internet or even know about street view.as for directions to someones house for stalkers im sure whitepages.com website lists peoples home addresses aswell as there phone numbers for stalkers im pretty sure they have an application called google maps to help them find the house aswell.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

1022.11.2009 10:10

@ avoidz
the point of my almost rant is not to talk about a bmw, it's to say that there's too much technology and it's even more invasive. so what if they can blur my license plate, brand new random internet stalker people will still know where i am and what i'm driving. it's not like the regular stalkers won't know, but it's more of the fact that anyone in the world can see it. some crazy person from butte, montana could decide to travel, and just randomly pick my neighborhood, street, house to vandalize. would they have ever been able to get specific details without street-view? probably not.

@xboxdvl2
it's not about the car, insurance or anything. it's about what you just said: the technology is available to help them find you. way too much of people's personal info is on the internet. and criminals can still be uneducated as long as they know someone who knows how to use the technology. they could also be trying to educate themselves and stumble upon all this information. plus i also wanted to use the phrase "inna-net".

1122.11.2009 10:12
scum101
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and just how much stolen nazi gold is still propping up the swiss banks I wonder?


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