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Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
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Japanese government OKs Google Street View

The Japanese government has ratified Google's online Street View service as being in compliance with the country's privacy laws.

Discussions by the country's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry have concluded that the city street-mapping utility will be permitted providing the US internet giant takes measures to censor and obscure personal information.

The popular service, which collects full-colour 360-degree views of city streets using cameras mounted on vehicles, was rolled out for 12 Japanese cities in August last year.

However, it had previously been the subject of controversy over data protection from a number of Japanese territories.

Last month, Google was forced to reshoot its Japanese photography following complaints that the cameras used by the system were mounted too high, allowing them to see over fences and into private properties.

Street View has also attracted negative attention in other countries including Greece, who banned the service outright in May.

Written by Mark Smith