Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Google showing rough photo-shooting locations for Street View service"

Update on the Google Street View situation. Article from today's Japan Today.

Google Inc on Friday began disclosing approximate photo-shooting locations for its Street View service that provides close-up views of city streets as caught by cameras installed in vehicles driving along the roads. The Japanese unit of the Mountain View, California-based Internet firm made the move following the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry’s call in August for taking steps to ensure that the service will not intrude into people’s privacy.

To respond to the request, Google divided each prefecture into a number of blocs and began providing information enabling users of the service to know photo-taking blocs, it said. While the ministry called for Google to inform local governments and residents beforehand of the time and place when it shoots street images, the company turned down the request and said it will send officials to the governments to make explanations before disclosing photos.

For individuals, Google will offer related information through public relations activities, it said.

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