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Google Street View Controversy: Next Up Germany

The New York Times today reports that Germany is getting in line behind the UK and Japan when it comes to countries who have a problem with the search company’s plan to photograph the streets of the world and put them online for the world to see. According to the Times, Johannes Caspar, the data protection regulator for the German city-state of Hamburg (the location of Google’s German headquarters) yesterday threatened Google with “unspecified sanctions” if the company did not agree to make a certain changes to the service.

German privacy law prevents anyone from taking photos of someone else or their property without their consent and Mr. Casper told the NYT that a total of 300 people in Germany have complained to local officials about Google taking photographs for Street View.

Google has yet to set a date for the launch of Street View Germany, however Casper told the New York Times that if Google does not provide written guarantees on 12 points by 10 a.m. (local time) today, they will have no other alternative than to investigate possibility of sanctions.

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