Friday, October 22, 2010

244k Germans Say 'Nein' to Google Street Maps

HANNOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 03:  The camera of a...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
According to an Associated Press story, nearly 3 percent of urban dwellers in Germany's 20 largest cities want no part of Mountain View, Calif.-based Google's Street View program.

Among the 23 nations where Street View is available, only Germany has enabled its populace to opt out of the Google program that pictures homes on the Internet. Citing individuals' privacy concerns, German authorities insisted  that Google accept requests from citizens who did not want to participate in the mapping program.

When Street View goes online, those who do not want to participate--roughly 244,000 people by Google's estimate--will be provided a tool by Google that will make their homes unrecognizable.

Germany apparently has misgivings about a virtual invasion, a position that Poland, France and Belgium may find ironic.
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