Google’s Street View can now show your face in Switzerland as long as you’re not by a school or prison.A Swiss high court’s ruling Friday partially overturns a lower court’s ruling, which required the Internet giant to obscure all faces and number plates, Reuters reported.
Street View is no stranger to controversy. When it launched in the U.S. in 2007, it raised alarms over privacy before Google finally agreed to a number of “privacy audits” to settle the FTC’s concerns.
The Switzerland case began when the country’s privacy watchdog claimed Google should blur all faces and number plates in its Street View service.
Google challenged the judgement, and eventually won a partial victory.
The court found Google isn’t required to render all faces and number plates completely unrecognizable before posting a map to the Internet.
However, there is a bit of a caveat.
In maps that contain images of schools, prisons, or other “sensitive facilities,” faces and number plates must be completely obscured.
And pictures of courtyards and gardens that are visible to passersby can’t be published without the owners’ consent, Reuters reported.
In the U.S., the fight pitted the First Amendment against a person’s right not to have his or her face splashed all over the Internet.
“There is a serious tension here, between the concepts of free speech, and open information, and the idea of privacy,” Kevin Bankston, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TIME Magazine in 2007.
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