Venture Business News - POSTED: 2012/06/08 06:37
Switzerland's supreme court has ruled that Google doesn't need to be perfect when it comes to privacy.
The Internet giant has won a partial repeal of a lower court decision that required the company to guarantee absolute anonymity for people pictured in its popular Street View service.
"It must be accepted that up to a maximum of 1 percent of the images uploaded are insufficiently anonymized," the Swiss Federal Tribunal said in a statement Friday.
The court said Google still has to make it easy for people to have their images manually blurred, and must ensure total anonymity in sensitive areas such as schools, hospitals, women's shelters and courts, where skin color and clothing must also be obscured.
The Lausanne-based tribunal additionally upheld part of the Federal Administrative Court's ruling last year that Google must stop publishing pictures of private gardens and courtyards taken with cameras positioned higher than 2 meters.
Google welcomed the supreme court verdict but left open whether it would now withdraw its previous threat to remove all pictures of Switzerland from Street View.