Interview with Germany’s Consumer Protection Minister: ‘Google Cannot Allow Itself to Make any Further Mistakes’

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner: “The decisive thing is the question of linking data together.”Of course Ilse Aigner googles. The German consumer protection minister, who has recently been one of the most vocal critics of Internet giant Google, is also a user of its services. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Aigner discusses her problems with Street View, the government’s plans to regulate geodata and the threat she sees if rules aren’t put in place foor such services.Google’s announcement last week that it would launch its Street View project in Germany by the end of the year, has prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to take political action. The government says it will present regulations for services on the Internet that involve the collection of geographical data by the fall. Afterwards, the government says it will update the country’s Federal Data Protection Law to meet the needs of an increasingly networked world.,1518,712723,00.html

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