When Google Street View launched in May, we made some waves — a mention in The New York Times, even — after pointing out that it lets you illegally* see inside of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (a point which has been disputed in the comments).
Now it seems our neighbo(u)rs to the north aren’t too keen on the idea.
“I am concerned that, if the Street View application were deployed in Canada, it might not comply with our federal privacy legislation,” Stoddart says in a letter to David Drummond, Google’s senior vice-president of corporate development and chief legal officer.
“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.” [Click for details on Canadian privacy legislation.]
Commenting on the story, Search Engine Land‘s Greg Sterling insists that:
More stringent and complex privacy rules in Canada would make it more challenging to roll out street-level photography there. The Canadian act appears to require consent in some circumstances, where individuals are identifiable in photographs, before publication. As a practical matter that would be impossible. Google has a process in place to request removal of images after they appear in Street View.
Here at GrokDotCom, we’re lucky to have quite a few Canadian readers. Would any of you care to share your thoughts on Google Street View?
UPDATE: News.com reminds us that Google Street View has launched in nine major U.S. cities since May.
According to the Associated Press:
The Bebo deal marks the first time that Yahoo has agreed to supply advertising to a social networking site. Yahoo had previously been feeding search results to Bebo. It now plans to begin funneling display ads to Bebo in the fourth quarter.
Two of Yahoo’s biggest rivals, Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., already have advertising partnerships with MySpace and Facebook, respectively.
While Google has been thriving, Yahoo has been struggling this year.
Yahoo’s earnings fell nearly 7 percent during the first six months of this year, a factor that contributed to the June resignation of Terry Semel as the company’s chief executive officer after six years on the job. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is now trying to orchestrate a turnaround.
Working with Bebo
will[sic] should broaden Yahoo’s appeal with advertisers looking to connect with a younger audience. Citing data from comScore Media Metrix, Bebo said it reaches a monthly audience of 11.6 million people in England and Ireland.
Together, Yahoo and Bebo expect to reach about 75 percent of the United Kingdom’s online audience. The two companies didn’t reveal how they will divide advertising revenue under their new alliance.
For more discussion, see the comments in Duncan Riley’s TechCrunch piece.
Speaking of late-bloomer social media marketing, here’s a cute one… The New York Times has launched a current events quiz application for Facebook. Now you and your Facebook friends, “friends,” or colleagues (depending on how you use it) can compete to see who has the highest “Times IQ”. For instance:
Q: Did you really think an entire day would go by without another new Facebook application?
A) Yes B) Of course not C) “The Iraq” D) Could you repeat the question?
Whether it works will largely depend on Facebook’s appetite for current events. Turning news into a friendly competition with your friends, and making it easily digestible (i.e., just 5 stories per day, with multiple choice answers) were both good choices, in my opinion. And anything that raises the level of consciousness about current events among the world’s youth is a good thing.
While Facebook may help you stay abreast of current events, it seems to have a problem with, well, breasts — breastfeeding, actually. Phil Bradley’s weblog has the scoop:
. . . it now looks as though Facebook is going to have to quell rebellion if the article Facebook ban incurs ‘lactivist’ wrath is anything to go by. Apparently they’re banning photographs of breast feeding mothers, because an exposed breast violates their terms. Although we don’t exactly know what ‘exposed’ really means. Also doesn’t explain why Facebook seems to think it is ok to run an image of a topless model in a banner ad.
With recent uproars over Wal-Mart’s Facebook campaign and Raccoongate, Facebook isn’t making a lot friends-of-friends. A word of advice to Mark Zuckerberg and friends: don’t mess with the lactivists (or this could happen to you).
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