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Canadian privacy commissioner probing Google[http://www.PoliticsWatch.com Updated 5:30 p.m., September 12, 2007]

Google has run into trouble with Canada's privacy watchdog. 

OTTAWA  — Canada's privacy watchdog  is warning Internet giant Google that its new mapping feature may be in violation of Canadian privacy laws. 

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart wrote a letter in August to David C. Drummond, senior vice president, corporate development and chief legal officer for Google, issuing the warning.

At the centre of the controversy is a new generation of Google maps known as Street View, which are street-level photos of nine different cities where people are clearly visible in the images. The pictures used were developed by Immersive Media. 

Although the Street View application is currently limited to nine U.S. cities, Stoddardt noted in her letter that Immersive Media's Web site refers to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City as Canadians cities that have been imaged. 

"I am concerned that, if the Street View application were deployed in Canada, it might not comply with our federal privacy legislation," Stoddart said in her letter. 

"In particular, it does not appear to meet the basic requirements of knowledge, consent, and limited collection and use as set out in the legislation." 

The law Stoddart referred to in her letter was the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents (PIPEDA) Act. 

Under that law, business are required to obtain an individual's consent if they collect and disclose personal information about them. 

"Our Office considers images of individuals that are sufficiently clear to allow an individual to be identified to be personal information within the meaning of PIPEDA," Stoddart added. 

The privacy commissioner has requested Google provide a response to her concerns "as soon as possible." 

Google has also come under fire internationally for its recent takeover of Web advertising supplier DoubleClick

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the European Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are all reviewing the Google takeover and its impact on the Internet advertising market. 

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