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Google to explain Street View to local bodies in Japan
before releasing images
bill




msg:3841827
 6:23 am on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

This probably won't solve much of anything. I'm guessing it may add another level of bureaucracy to things. The Japanese do like to get a consensus on issues like this though... ;)

Google to explain Street View to local bodies in Japan before releasing images [mdn.mainichi.jp]

Google Japan has announced that it intends to inform local bodies in advance before releasing images for its Street View map service, in light of privacy concerns.

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"There shouldn't be regulations that hinder the development of technology, but if it is judged that it is harming personal interests, then there is a need for relief measures. It is a problem that is difficult to balance," he said.


 

Leggewie




msg:3841844
 7:02 am on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think Japanese are quite paranoid about privacy - at times ;-) But it's probably just some competitor (Yahoo?) that has some high-level friends they are now leveraging...

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3842247
 4:48 pm on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think Japanese are quite paranoid about privacy

I think koreans would them a good run for their money on who's worse about it. heh. +_+

It wouldn't be so bad if they were consistent about it. eg: they freak out about privacy with census data for marketing, but sign for EVERYTHING using their Korean national ID number (kinda like one's social security number). Go figure.

bill




msg:3842656
 2:20 am on Feb 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google Maps Japan has done a pretty good job fuzzing out the faces of people on the street view. I can still recognize a bunch of people from my neighborhood though.

I heard that a number of the original complaints came from people frequenting Japanese love hotels and the brothel districts. I guess they didn't want their indiscretions disclosed by Google. ;)

it's probably just some competitor (Yahoo?) that has some high-level friends they are now leveraging...

If there is then I haven't heard of them yet. It's certainly a good possibility though. Google has supplanted a lot of local services in Japan...

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3842662
 2:37 am on Feb 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google Maps Japan has done a pretty good job fuzzing out the faces of people on the street view. .... original complaints came from people frequenting Japanese love hotels and the brothel districts. I guess they didn't want their indiscretions disclosed by Google.

I guess Korea and Japan are the same on some things. o_0
lol.

Related funny anecdotal aside: Same type ironic (yet more ridiculous imo) issue came up when the Korean post office wanted to implement a "change of address" forwarding program like they have in the US (and most places). All the unscrupulous types on the lamb (avoiding creditors, loan sharks..er... book of the month subscribers =P lol) cried foul on privacy of "being tracked".

I mean sheeesh! one should have to right to ditch out on a bad loan without "the man" having it forwarded to you, right? RIGHT?!

-- Grendel"on the lamb"Khan{TSU} :p

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