The Czech authorities have told Google that the "do no evil" one is in contravention of the country's privacy and data protection laws and have ruled that it must, forthwith, cease and desist from using its Street View camera vehicles to do any more mapping of the country's streets. Martyn Warwick reports.
In a statement made available to the public and the media the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection says that Google does not have official permission, nor does it have the registration documents required, to tour the highways and byways of the country at will and photograph whatever it likes, wherever it likes, whenever it likes with the intent of reproducing the content on its Street View application.
The Czech authorities have been investigating Google's activities since April and have come to the conclusion that its widespread collection of data for its own commercial Street View purposes is illegal.
The Office for Personal Data Protection has announced that it waill "say more" at a press conference slated for September 22.
In a response, Google's PR representative, the Grayling PR agency, commented "Our request for registration for future picture collection and processing in the Czech Republic within the Street View service was not met. Naturally, no new photo documents will be collected until this affair is settled with the Czech Data Protection Office. We expect the issue to be resolved in the near future."
The Czech Republic is the latest in a growing list of European countries taking grave exception to Google's disregard for national privacy legislation
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