Google surprised by Street View row

Google’s newly appointed director of privacy has admitted that the row over Street View has taken the search giant by surprise.

The UK’s Information Commissioner will reinvestigate Google after it confessed people’s personal data had been collected while Street View was being created.

“There is a degree to which the company has been taken by surprise by the Street View concerns,” Whitten told MediaGuardian. “It’s something that we’ve taken to heart, how differently people have reacted to it across cultures. We need to make sure we’re listening.”

This article appears in issue 258 of Media Digest.

Photo taken by Flickr user achimh, licensed under Creative Commons.




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