Google has been banned from taking images for its Street View tool in Athens over privacy concerns.


According to MSNBC, the Greek Data Protection Authority claimed that it had reached the decision despite receiving assurances from Google that it would blur faces and vehicle licence plates when displaying the images online.


The authority claimed that it had banned Google from talking images in Greece until it provides additional privacy guarantees. It wants clarification from Google on how it will store and process the original images.


Google was reported to the Information Commissioner's Office by Privacy International in April, over claims that Street View breached the Data Protection Act.


However the Commissioner rejected the complaint, claiming that the service was akin to members of the public being captured on television news camera or football crowds in the background of televised matches.