Google To Move Ahead With Street View In Germany

New opt-out process is meant to address objections

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Various complaints and privacy laws have in one sense failed to deter Google.  Today, the company made known that it will still roll out Street View in Germany, but it will also make an extra blurring option available to citizens who don’t want their homes or businesses to be visible.

Let’s talk about the product launch first.  Matthias Kremp reported earlier, "Google announced Tuesday that it is in the final stages before the launch of its Street View service in the country.  When it goes live in the coming months, Street View services will initially be provided for 20 cities . . ."

As for the new privacy feature, Kremp later continued, "Starting next Wednesday, the company has said the people can submit requests that pictures of their buildings be blurred out.  Applicants must visit a special Google web page and submit their name and address. . . .  Residents who submit their requests are sent a letter by mail with a confirmation code that they must then enter into the special Google website in order to confirm that they actually live at the address they have submitted."

GoogleThis may not go over well with a lot of people; after all, it’s a somewhat complicated process that involves providing information to the company they’re trying to evade.

Google presumably feels the approach will stand up to any legal objections, though, and it’s been designed to keep individuals from making whole neighborhoods (or, say, a competitor’s shop) invisible on a whim.

What should be interesting to see is if the process will be introduced in other countries in response to different protests.

Google To Move Ahead With Street View In Germany
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    This is just one more way the corporate world shoves it’s weight around to bypass laws and not get prosecuted for it. Just because you can opt out later, does not mean laws were not broken.

    Just like with the DMCA violations on Youtube. Since it’s user generated content, and they have reasonable measures to remove such content, that’s one thing, but if Google generated it, then it would be responsible. So in the case of street views, it’s Google generated content, and may violate laws in certain areas. You would think that Google would research the laws of the areas they are photographing, but I guess it’s cheaper to just wait for any lawsuits and make money now off the ads that appear.

  • http://www.txtimpact.com justinbryan

    This is not really not good move by Google and it is against laws. It would be very tough to carry on this service in any country. Google move towards Germany Street view or any other country is not under law of the privacy and security of a particular.

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