Google Streetview illegal in Denmark?

Thu 28 January 2010 09:02, Bas van den Beld

Google Streetview illegal in Denmark?

Google Streetview keeps keeping Europeans busy. Where France, Germany, Switzerland, UK and Greece were in the news before because of objections towards Streetview. This time its Denmarks turn. According to Mikkel deMibs blog Google Streetview might be considered illegal in Denmark.

Though Streetview as an application is not illegal Mikkel explains that according to Danish law the taking of pictures is illegal.

The Danish law apparently states that its illegal to take pictures of people while they are at private places. The fact that Google is blurring faces is not enough.

Mikkel explains:

The law (§264a) is very simple – here is a quick translation:

Anyone photographing people who find themselves in a not freely accessible place is punishable by fine or imprisonment up to 6 months. The same applies to the person using binoculars or other device unjustified observes these persons.

It is the act of taking the pictures that is illegal – never mind the way they are published or not. I believe publishing the illegal photos may make it worse.

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