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Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google is finding itself in a bit of hot water today, as French privacy agency CNIL has asked the company to turn over Street View data which was collected on French citizens. Google initially promised it would delete this information after a 2010 investigation, but last week it told European privacy agencies that it still had some of the data it said it would purge. As a result, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office asked that Google turn this information over, and now CNIL is asking the same thing.

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Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.

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Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

If you need better navigation from your iPhone than Maps can provide (until iOS 6, anyway), then Navigon’s software might be a good fit. The company has updated its iPhone app today to add new features, and will be reducing the cost of the app and in-app purchases for a limited time. New features include Google’s Street View, Cockpit, manual route blocking, and performance enhancements.

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Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reopened its Street View privacy investigation following the FCC’s findings in the United States. In a letter penned to Google, the ICO believes it was misled, with Google stating at the time that it wasn’t a deliberate data collection attempt and that no engineers had knowledge of the issue. Google has now responded to questions laid out by the ICO in the latest letter.

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Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has reopened its investigation into the Street View data collection that occurred between 2007 and 2010. In a letter to the search company, the watchdog company lays out how the case needs to be reopened following the FCC’s findings. Google told the watchdog in the past that it had no knowledge of the data snooping taking place, with the FCC finding evidence suggesting the opposite.

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Google Maps goes Offline

Google Maps goes Offline

This week the Google crew have released The Next Generation in Google Maps in a completely Offline experience. You'll soon be able to download an entire map of a city to your mobile device and continue to navigate regardless of if you are connected to your data network or not. Though Google Maps has always cashed a certain amount of information on your device online before you go offline, this version of the software helps Google build the global baseline for maps by allowing you to take their information wherever you go - even without your network.

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Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world

Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world

This week Google launched a new project called the World Wonders Project. The goal of the project is to let people explore ancient and cultural sites around the world up close. It sounds sort of like Street view for history and archaeology buffs. The World Wonders Project currently has 132 ancient and cultural sites located in 18 different countries for people to view.

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Google Street View case may see further action in UK

Google Street View case may see further action in UK

The Street View saga continues tor Google. Following the FCC investigation in which the search company was fined $25,000, a UK watchdog has said that it intends to look further into the issue. Google agreed to audits by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and the agency has now said that it intends to further look into the case following the FCC’s report last month.

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