Greece Bans Google Street View, Google Says ‘No, You Didn’t’

There are several reports today that Greece has banned Google’s Street View … but Google disagrees.

Privacy is Greece’s main concern, just as it’s been with the other villages, towns, cities, national governments, and other organizations that have lined up against Google Street View. Greece’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) announced on Monday that it’s banned Google from taking photos in Greece, and that it wants more information about how long Google will store the images it takes and what Google will do to make sure residents know their privacy rights.

But the BBC reports that Google denies it’s been banned in Greece. A Google spokesperson says:

“Street View has not been banned in Greece. We have received a request for further information and we are happy to continue discussing these issues with them. We will discuss with them whether it is appropriate for us to continue driving in the meantime.”

Google wants to expand Street View to more countries, but it seems many of them don’t want their pictures taken. And so Street View’s rocky road continues….

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Legal | Google: Street View | Legal: Privacy

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    Wow, Google is mapping street views in Greece? They haven’t even mapped my neighborhood in Los Angeles, and it’s a mega-popular tourist destination. It’s odd, but it appears Google has not applied street view maps to entire areas in Southern California (Playa del Rey as one example). Wonder if they’re coming any time soon.

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