Google’s “Street View” application is the topic of a court case once again, this time in Switzerland. For those unfamiliar with its use, “Street View” allows users a 360 degree street-level view of any location, from anywhere in the world. According to the BBC, Swiss concerns stem from the height of the Google camera, which allows it to see over walls and hedges that would otherwise prevent line of sight, and the application’s use of faces and vehicle license plates that are not rendered “sufficiently unrecognizable.” Google has already been asked (nicely?) to comply with the Swiss requests, but has not, and is now preparing to “vigorously contest” the case.
Is this a violation of privacy rights? If all images were acquired from a legal perspective, is there a case here? This relates very strongly to photography and privacy rights, which we as journalists need to be aware of. What do you think is the proper course of action?