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Google launches Street View in Hong Kong and Macau

IDG News Service | March 17, 2010
Google has launched its Google Maps Street View feature for Hong Kong and southern areas of Macau.

In addition, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Greece have all expressed concern with Street View. Google has responded to those concerns by agreeing to blur out people's faces, license plate numbers, and other personally identifiable details, as well as lowering the height of the Street View camera to ensure it doesn't become a digital "peeping Tom", capturing photos of people in intimate or compromising settings in their own homes.

The new challenge from the EU relates to warning communities before the Google Street View-mobile rolls into town, and the length of time Google retains the unblurred, original images in its own database. The EU has asked that Google do more than simply post its image-capturing schedule online, and that it purge the original images after six months.

Tony Bradley of PC World (US) contributes to this story.


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