Canada Tells Google to Back Off

Privacy commish says Street View could break laws
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 11:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – Canada's privacy czar isn’t as thrilled as your average techie with Google’s Street View feature, the Canadian Press reports: She wants to put the kibosh on the photo archive before it moves north of the border. Jennifer Stoddart has sent Google a letter saying the application “might not comply with our federal privacy legislation" on privacy grounds, among others.

Stoddart isn’t concerned with just any photography: She objects to Google’s high-resolution images, which appear not to “meet the basic requirements of knowledge, consent, and limited collection and use.” The commissioner’s also unsatisfied with the option of removing oneself from Street View, arguing that personal rights may already have been infringed by the time those pictured discover their images.