Google has received an official complaint from the European Union (EU) about its Street View application.
The EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has asked Google to cut the time it stores un-blurred Street View images from 12 months to six, and to inform individual countries when they are being visited by Google's army of photographing cars.
"The Working Party believes that a maximum retention of six months for the un-blurred copies of the images would strike the right balance between the protection of privacy and the ability to eliminate false positives," said the organisation in a letter dated 11 February, according to Reuters.
Google has also been asked to warn people with adverts in local press when Street View images are being taken, and to appoint representatives in each EU state to make sure that privacy regulations in local areas are being followed.
"No person of ordinary sensibilities would be shamed, humiliated or have suffered mentally as a result of a vehicle entering into his or her ungated driveway and photographing the view from there," the court ruled.
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