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European Union data privacy regulators are telling Google Inc. to warn people before it sends cameras out into cities to take pictures for its Street View maps, adding to the company's legal worries in Europe.
Google should shorten the time it keeps the original photos from one year to six months, regulators also said in a letter to the company obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
American and European Ideas of Privacy Collide
“The framework in Europe is of privacy as a human-dignity right,” said Nicole Wong, a lawyer with the company. “As enforced in the U.S., it’s a consumer-protection right.”
Americans like privacy, too, but they think about it in a different way, as an aspect of liberty and a protection against government overreaching, particularly into the home. Continental privacy protections, by contrast, focus on protecting people from having their lives exposed to public view, especially in the mass media.
A criminal doesn't get to walk around with a step ladder and a movie camera and take pics from nearly 8 feet up
Maybe I am missing something here.
Google needs to stay out of communities.
but at least give a chance to make it picture worthy. Put car away
I will meet and talk to the person before I let an image be made.
You don't just go by with camera on pole snapping images.
Google is big brother with the NSA back door, and that is a problem.
and should act in deference to other countries laws ( where US laws don't apply ) when they are in other countries
that they aren't doing anything bad as long as they follow the rules