Germans not too keen on Google Street View
Protests against Street View images
A substantial amount of German residents have told Google not to display images of their homes used for its Street View tool.
Some 244,237 requests have been made via web forms to the search engine giant to have buildings obscured. The German government appears to be in favour of the protests, insisting Google must do its best to honour them.
However, Google Germany spokesperson Andreas Turk wrote in a blog post that removing certain buildings from the mapping tool may not be that simple: “In some cases for example the addresses could not be clearly assigned because the specifications were not legible or the descriptions of buildings were not precise enough.”
Google Street View has been met with a mixed reception across Europe. Last year, government officials in the Czech Republic banned the company from taking any more photos for use on the service. In addition, South Korean authorities raided Google offices before it could launch the country’s version of the tool.
Closer to home, residents of Broughton in Buckinghamshire took to the streets to make a stand against Google photographs being taken of the village. Local man Paul Jacobs convinced neighbours to stage a spontaneous protest against a vehicle spotted taking images, claiming the service could potentially encourage burglaries in the area.
Google Street View was launched in Britain in 2009. It has since expanded to include 95 per cent of the UK’s road system, as well as residential areas and tourist attractions.