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 Call to 'shut down' Google Street View

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Date posted: 23/03/2009

A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO). Drawn up by privacy campaigners, it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.

Privacy International wants the ICO to look again at how Street View works.

"The ICO has repeatedly made clear that it believes that in Street View the necessary safeguards are in place to protect people's privacy," said Google.

Privacy International (PI) director Simon Davies said his organisation had filed the complaint given the "clear embarrassment and damage" Street View had caused to many Britons. He said Street View fell short of the assurances given to the ICO that enabled the system to launch. "We're asking for the system to be switched off while an investigation is completed. The Information Commissioner never grasped the gravity of how a benign piece of legislation could affect ordinary lives."

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