After villagers chased the Street View cars away in Buckinghamshire, England, it became pretty obvious last year that a lot of Brits were unhappy having their houses and streets documented online.
Now, European regulators have told Google they must delete the raw images obtained by the streetcars within six months.
Google currently updates Street View annually with new photos, but the EU reckons they need to change their retention policy to just six months. The mind boggles with the time and expense that'd throw Google, so I wouldn't be surprised if this one goes to court—which is just what Google needs after being
hit with an antitrust investigation by the EU last week, and the whole business over in Italy where three Google employees were
convicted in a Google Video lawsuit.
Ed. Note: Upon closer review, it looks like the EU is asking Google to delete the RAW images within six months, but the censored ones—the ones that are live on the Google Street View—can live for as long as they want. Google wants to keep the uncensored copies for up to a year for their own reasons. Either way, this doesn't seem as big a deal as first thought. – JC