February 26th, 2010
Google has been told by European Union data privacy regulators to warn people before it sends cameras out to take pictures for its Street View maps.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The online search giant should shorten the length of time for which it keeps the uncensored photographs it takes from one year to six months, the regulators also said in a letter to the company.
Google said its need to retain the original Street View images for a full year is “legitimate and justified” in a statement.
The company said it already posts notifications on its website about where its cameras are being sent. The alert function indicated yesterday that Google’s picture-taking vehicles had been cruising the streets of Cagiliari in Italy, Nantes in France and possibly other nearby cities.