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A Google senior executive said Tuesday that the Internet search company is â€œbuilding stronger controlsâ€ to safeguard privacy after it admitted to accidentally collecting personal data around the world with its Google Street View program.
The controversy surrounding Google's Street View mapping program continued on Monday, as privacy officials in Italy announced that they would enforce restrictions on the service.
Google Inc said Friday that it was enhancing its privacy and security practices after its "Street View" mapping service vehicles inadvertently collected more wireless personal data than the company had previously disclosed.
With the German debut of Google's Street View service drawing nearer, the California-based technologies company reported on Thursday that less than 3% of households in the European country have asked that their homes not be visible on the mapping program.
Canadaâ€™s Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Tuesday that Google's accidental collection of personal data as part of its Street View project was a "serious violation" of the nationâ€™s privacy laws.
The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating the country's data protection laws.
The government of Germany has called on Google Inc and other providers of online navigation services to create a set of voluntary data protection guidelines for services such as Googleâ€™s â€œStreet Viewâ€ by the end of the year.
As officials from the German government met on Monday to discuss privacy issues centering around Google's Street View service, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported that "several hundred thousand people" have told the California-based technology corporation that they do not want their homes and businesses featured on the mapping service.
Google Inc has been barred from collecting new images in the Czech Republic to update its Street View feature, a spokesperson said Tuesday, becoming the latest setback in the search giantâ€™s mapping service.
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