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Google forced to re-shoot Street View in Japan

Warwick Ashford

Japan has forced Google to re-shoot all the images it has taken for its Street View service because of privacy concerns.

Japanese privacy campaigners had sought to halt the controversial service, but had to settle for a compromise.

Google is to re-record the images of 12 cities after it lowers its roving cameras by 40cm because of complaints that they were capturing images over fences.

The move comes just a day after Greece halted Google's camera fleet until the internet firm provides more privacy assurances.

Google Japan has defended its Street View service, saying it tried to be responsible by blurring faces and registration plates as it has done in Europe.

The Google Street View service has also faced challenges in the UK from Privacy International, but calls to shut it down were rejected.

Concerns in the UK were fuelled by media reports such as the one about a woman who allegedly contacted divorce lawyers after catching her cheating husband on Google Street View.

The Information Commissioner's Office, the UK privacy watchdog, said the removal of the service would be disproportionate to the risk to privacy.


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