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Google’s Street View Appeal Is A Loser

google-logo1Google doesn’t lose much but their Street View miscue that occurred from 2008 to 2010 is one thing that even the almighty Google can’t make it go away.

The New York Times reports

A federal appeals court rejected Google Inc’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when its accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program.
Reuters

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to exempt Google from liability under the federal Wiretap Act for having inadvertently intercepted emails, user names, passwords and other data from private Wi-Fi networks to create Street View, which provides panoramic views of city streets.

Germans Can Opt-Out of Street View

Google continues to jump through various hoops to help limit the privacy concerns that their Street View efforts have caused in Europe. In order to hopefully stop any more backlash in Germany, Google is allowing for buildings to be opted out of Street View. Owners of buildings have until September 15th to do this.

TechCrunch tells us

Google made their “opt out of street view” service live in Germany today, giving select Germans until September 15th to exclude their properties from being mapped when the Street View service launches. The function will be available for a limited time in the 20 cities that are mentioned which includes Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg and then extend to all cities covered as Google Maps Germany rolls out.

Google’s Foreign Relations: Blocked in 25 Countries; 10 More Complain About Buzz Privacy

As usual, Google is taking flak from both sides lately. They reported yesterday that of the 100 countries they offer products and services in, 25 countries block or filter one or more services. Search, Blogger, YouTube and even Google Docs are blocked in some countries, sometimes based on political or social filtering.

Meanwhile, ten more countries are complaining about Google allowing access to information in a different way—not protecting users’ privacy sufficiently with Buzz. Of course, this is nothing new, since Buzz has prompted privacy concerns since the day it rolled out.

We’ve already seen what Google is capable of in working against censorship, although they’ll continue to comply with democratic governments’ demands (such as removing pro-Nazi content from google.de and google.fr).

Google’s Data Collection Practices Gets Canada’s Attention …. Again

Google must be pretty excited that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been under intense scrutiny as of late regarding privacy. Why would they celebrate that other than it being a stumbling block to a “frienemy”? The more that Facebook gets the privacy stink eye from the world the less attention can be paid to Google’s own battles over their alleged breaches of privacy.

Google has been under scrutiny by Germany regarding their collection of wireless network data that occurred while their little Google Maps mobiles went around taking pictures of the world. Now Canada can be added to the list of countries that are looking into this practice. We know from past experience that Canada fights hard when it comes to privacy concerns (just ask Facebook).

Reuters reports:

Switzerland’s Concerned Google’s Street View Invades Privacy of Tax Evaders Citizens

While Google’s Street View is mostly well received, there are still plenty of groups and countries that claim it’s an invasion of privacy.

You can add Switzerland to that list.

Poor Switzerland. It’s bad enough that it can no longer promise US tax evaders customers complete anonymity, now there’s a chance the faces of those customers–and Swiss citizens–could wind-up plastered on Google’s maps.

Less than one week after the launch of Street View, Hans-Peter Thur, Switzerland’s federal data protection and information commissioner (FDPIC) has called for the immediate removal of the feature.

As always, Google is “surprised” at the move…

“We have been engaged in constructive dialogue with the organization ahead of [last] week’s launch to demonstrate how we protect people’s privacy on Street View. And we’re ready to do so again or to answer any additional questions.”

Google Draws Ire of British Over Gross Invasion of Privacy

It appears that if you are looking for real job security in today’s market you would want to be part of the Google legal team. Not only does everyone and their brother want to hit them up stateside in hopes of hitting a Legal Lotto payday but all around the world even governments are anxious to get a piece of the search giant’s cash.

The latest to chime in? The British who are none too happy about Google’s Street View shenanigans. For Google, Street View appears to be the business equivalent of an STD since ongoing legal issues will apparently be the gift that keeps on giving.

The Independent reports

Google faces being the first company to incur heavy fines under British privacy laws, after admitting downloading private emails and passwords.

Google Not Turning Over Data to Regulators

While everyone puts Facebook into the privacy cross hairs because they are the easiest target right now, there is still plenty of privacy drama surrounding Google. In Europe and in Hong Kong Google is under pressure to turn over data to regulators. This data is the “Whoops, we didn’t mean that!” data that has been gathered by the Street View crew for Google.

The New York Times reports:

Google on Thursday balked at requests from regulators in Germany and Hong Kong to surrender fragments of Internet data and e-mails it had improperly collected from unsecured home wireless networks, saying it needed time to resolve legal issues.

In Germany, Google said it was not able to comply with the Hamburg data protection supervisor’s request to inspect information the company collected from Internet users by roving cars used to compile its Street View photo map archive.