Following a recent Swiss court decision that requires Google to guarantee 100% anonymity of faces and number plates in StreetView, the leading search engine says it may drop the service in Switzerland altogether if the rule isn’t changed following an appeal.
In April, a Swiss court issued several rulings how Google must implement StreetView. One of these requirements was that all faces and number plates must be blurred before the images are published online.
Google currently uses automated blurring technology that the company claims can blur about 98-99% of faces and number plates.
The court ruling also requires Google to remove images that show private locations that a normal passerby would not be able to see.