On 5 July 2011 the Hungarian Data Protection Commissioner has released its final standpoint (Case Nr ABI-2136-3/2010/K) on the Street View service of Google, Inc relating to the Hungarian territory. The Commissioner held that Google may lawfully take street view photos in Hungary, however, the US based search giant shall comply with the requirements articulated by the Commissioner.
As reported earlier in our blog, in May 2009 the Hungarian DPA launched an ex officio investigation in connection with the Street View service of Google relating to Hungary when street view cars appeared on the streets of Budapest. Following the Commissioner’s formal inquiry and with a view to the negotiations on-going between Google and the Commissioner’s Office, Google decided to temporarily suspend the activity of its street-view cars in Hungary. The Commissioner published its final standpoint on the operation of the street view service of Google by 5 July 2011 (the pertaining press release is available here) which laid down several conditions which should be adhered to by Google.