Citizens of Japan have won a fight against Google to get them to re-shoot all of the photos taken and shown via Google Street View. The argument stemmed around the idea of invasion of privacy, specifically that the cameras could take pictures over the fences around private homes.
Google agreed to re-shoot all of the photos taken for Google Street View of Japanese cities and will lower the height of its cameras to avoid taking photos at heights above private fences. Google has also agreed to blur out license plates numbers as well to further adhere to the complaints of the citizens.
"We admit that there were concerns about the service. ... People said we might have neglected the privacy issue," 'he wrote.' "We took their opinions seriously and made careful considerations."
It was unclear if Google was going to remove all images from Street View or replace them as the new ones were taken.