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Germany Gives Street View Go-Ahead

Google yields on raw data retention

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Sooner, rather than later, you may be able to drop a certain orange-yellow man onto a map of Germany and then look at the scenery as if you were standing on some of the country’s highways and roads.  It appears that Google and Germany have finally come to an agreement over Google Street View. 

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Germany was one of the first nations in which strong objections to Street View were raised.  Problems started in the town of Molfsee in September of last year.  After that, the German government stepped in and sided with Molfsee, and things ground to an absolute standstill.

Now, the issue’s been resolved thanks to Google showing a willingness to hit the "delete" key.

According to Spiegel Online, "Google will promptly erase any identifiable image of people, property, or cars from all of its raw data upon request.  People can file objections before or after the images are published and the German Street View Web site will include a link where objections can be registered.  The company has previously removed published images of identifiable individuals but the agreement to erase raw data is a first."

It might be a "first and only," too (at least until someone else complains), since only Germany’s received this exception so far.

This is still a significant breakthrough, though, and Street View fans would do well to keep an eye out for blue spaces in Germany that Pegman can visit.

Germany Gives Street View Go-Ahead
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  • http://www.comprosulting.de Comprosulting

    It is ridiculous that some people overreact. I think Google Street View is a good and informative thing. Greetings from Germany

    • Pamina

      I’m glad our government is protecting our privacy in accordance with the laws we have. This is not ridiculous, but what a government is supposed to do, no? You can let the world stare at your house now and if other people are uncomfortable with that, they can remove details. So where is the problem? More Greetings from Germany

      • Durango

        Yeah, right on! How about the German government also sues all picture sites like Flicker or Picasa, or even all user private websites for posting photos of some German people homes that were taken when they visited Germany. How about Germany bans all the cameras in the country all together because ……. Wow, some people are just arguing for the sake of argument and without any sane reason whatsoever. If all Germans are like Pamina then no thanks I’ll visit someone else. Greetings from Not-Germany.

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