Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars -paper

MILAN, Oct 23 (BestGrowthStock) – Italy’s privacy regulator has told
Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis) (GOOG.MI: ) it will have to make sure its “Street View”
photo-collecting cars are clearly marked and their itinerary is
publicised, a daily newspaper reported on Saturday.

Under the regulator’s decision, Google has to publish three
days in advance on its web site, in local newspapers and on
radio in which locality, including which area of a large city,
the cars will be operating, La Stampa said.

“There has been strong alarm and also hostility in a lot of
European countries against Google taking photos. We have
received protests even from local administrations,” Privacy
Authority President Francesco Pizzetti was quoted as saying.

In September, the authority ordered a block on Google
processing “payload data” collected by the cars from wi-fi radio
networks after launching an investigation in May.

In a statement provided by a spokeswoman, Google did not
confirm the details of the privacy regulator’s decision but said
it was in constant contact with the authority about protecting
personal data and inform citizens in numerous ways about its
cars’ trips.

The authority could not be reached immediately for comment.

On Friday, Google admitted for the first time the Street
View cars had accidentally collected more personal data than
previously disclosed. [ID:nN22194753]

(Writing by Nigel Tutt; editing by Patrick Graham)

Italy orders Google to mark Street View cars -paper