Google Wants Swiss Government to Lift Restrictions on Street View
But Swiss data protection commissioner Hanspeter Thuer disagreed, and used photographic evidence to back up his counterargument. In a demonstration before the court, Thuer used Street View to find examples of individual faces that hadn't been properly blurred, including some that were inside private homes.
"I don't want a ban of Google Street View," Thuer said. "But in the present form Google Street View breaches basic principles of privacy." The commissioner suggested that Google take greater steps to guarantee that all sensitive images are properly obscured, even if that requires the company to manually check every single photo. Huer also argued that Google should block private gardens from view, as well as hospitals, schools and women's shelters.
In defense, Google insisted that the images captured by its Street View cameras aren't of a quality high enough to actually identify individuals, and pointed out that the company's filtering technology is constantly improving. A final verdict is expected at a later date.