Greece bans Google Street View

Greece has banned Google's controversial Street View from the Mediterranean country. The Athens based data protection agency has said that the internet giant will have to give tangible guarantees that the service will in no way invade the privacy of any Greeks.

According to the Greek authorities Google will have to provide information on how long it plans to keep the images captured by its Street View cars. The decision to put the kibosh on Google's service is characteristic of a country which puts great stock on protecting the privacy of its citizens.

Google, however, has hit back claiming that it is aware of the privacy issues surrounding Street View and takes appropriate measures to deal with them: "Google takes privacy very seriously, and that's why we have put in place a number of features, including the blurring of faces and license plates, to ensure that Street View will respect local norms when it launches in Greece," an official statement said.

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