by Prof. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Charlottesville, U.S.A.
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By 2009 Google Street View, perhaps the most pervasive example of the Googlization of the real world, barely causes a gasp in the United States. That was not the case in Canada, parts of Europe, or in Japan.
By late spring 2009 Canada faced the prospect of soon joining its neighbor to the south as part of the Googlized global street. Canada has much stronger data privacy laws than the United States does, and its people rarely quietly accept whatever rich American companies might want from – or want to give to — them. Specifically, Canada shares with much of Western Europe a general prohibition on the photography of people without their permissions, with special exceptions for journalism and art. Oddly, as early as 2007 Google announced that it would tailor Street View to conform to Canadian law by blurring faces and license plates – as if that were something special for Canada.i In fact, faces and license plates were blurred for the version in the United States (and the rest of the world) as well. By April 2009, just before the Canadian launch of Street View, Google still claimed that the imperfect, machine-driven blurring technology would adequately conform to Canadian law.ii
The problem with the blurring process, (mehr…)