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article imageNew Google Street View pictures blocked by Czech Republic

By Gemma Fox     Sep 14, 2010 in Technology
Google's Street View project has suffered a another setback in its aim to update the Czech Republic maps. They were told for the second time they cannot gather the information they need to produce the maps.
According to Reuters, the Czech data protection authorities have stopped Google's second attempt to be allowed to take new imaging to update Street View.
Google Street View image-collecting vehicles can be spotted around the globe gathering information to keep its maps as updated as possible but it's meeting a backlash against its project, privacy being the key concern behind the backlash.
In the US, Google faces objections from 37 states and the Czech Republic is not the only country challenging them either.
Google's application to collect personal data for mapping was rejected for the second time by the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) who say that by gathering the information could potentially break the law.
A spokeswoman for UOOU, Hana Stepankova, said that talks with Google were still going on and that this current decision would stop Google from using images gathered since the October 2009 launch of Czech Street View.
Stepankova said, "We do not have complete certainty the information is being processed according to law." She also added that if the process could be done legally then the UOOU would consider granting permission.
Currently the Czech Street View covers Prague and three other cities in the republic and Czech's can request to have their pictures blurred but there are queries over the use of car registrations and house fa├žades being used on the Street View map.
Google's Czech office said that the current decision, although they accepted it, was not definitive. Their first application was rejected by UOOU last December.
Google said, "We will continue to closely cooperate with UOOU and we believe the matter will be resolved in the near future."
This ruling from the Czech Republic comes after a ruling in Germany last month allowed user to keep their images from the site.
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