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Google Earth Faces Pressure From Europeans

Publication Date: 
March 07, 2010
Source: 
KCBS All News Radio
Author: 
Dave Padilla

Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at the Center for Internet & Society, talks to KCBS radio about privacy issues associated with Google's street view images:

Google Earth can take you to just about any place you want to go on the planet and for some that's a problem. European Union officials are demanding that Google reduce the time it stores its street view images from 12 to six months. Ryan Calo of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society says there's concern that individual privacy could be jeopardized.

Calo said people here could have the same complaints about street view tours, but he explains the U.S. doesn't have the same concerns about privacy as Europeans. He does believe, however, that Google executives and EU officials can come to some sort of resolution that would be agreeable to both sides.