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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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  • FlayerSlayer
    Ahhahhaahahhaha!!!

    Poor Google, so many people around the world are terrified of having their houses' pictures taken. I could drive down the street and look at the house, even stare at it, even draw myself a picture of it, but my the Lord help me if I try to take a picture of it.
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  • dman3k
    Would Google give me a cut of that money they make for advertisement on Google Maps if I provide a picture of my house?
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  • tenor77
    I wonder how Google Streetview Iraq will go?

    Wanted: one suicidal man to drive an armored car.
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  • kelfen
    lol wounder how many are up to no good and it will be posted. Have nothing to hide; nothing to fear
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  • johnny_5
    I drove by the Street View car in Pickering (a suburb of Toronto). I might be in a picture. :)
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  • johnny_5
    ^That was just 20 minutes ago BTW^
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  • gm0n3y
    I hope they take a picture of my place. It would be much easier to give people directions if they could actually SEE my house.
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  • worst3
    poor Google but, i have to agree that they should not be taking picture of people homes, for a few reasons. one is they have windows you never know what they might get a picture of. also if some one trying to sell there home and there house was in bad shape and some on looked at Google street to see it may turn off potential buyers. it also makes a thief's life easier he can learn what are better neighborhoods to steel from.
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  • jwl3
    What the hell is wrong with these "privacy" freaks? The ACLU and their kind are just out of control, even in other countries. What the deuce does anyone get from a streetview picture? They're entirely trying to stop humanity's progress.

    For instance, cell phones that have built in GPS that show where your friends are (think Marauder's map from the Harry Potter books), will tectonically change society as we know it - we'll be able to hang out more with friends and family who we may have just passed by on the street without even knowing they were there. And they will be able to send an immediate SOS to authorities if you're ever kidnapped or in trouble. This is progress and these privacy jerks are out to stop it.
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  • Pei-chen
    Google should team up with NGA and teach those sissy short wearing European a thing or two about privacy.
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