Google Gets Rebuke From Privacy Watchdogs for Street View Plans in Germany

Wednesday Aug 11th 2010 by Staff

Property owners in Germany have a month to object to their buildings showing up in Street View.

Bloomberg: Yesterday, Google said that it would begin offering the Street View service for the 20 biggest German cities by the end of the year and that property owners would have four weeks to object if they didn't want their buildings to appear.

That decision sparked criticism from German officials. Johannes Caspar, Hamburg’s data protection regulator, said the “quick introduction of the objection tool and the decision to start it during the summer holidays” as well as the lack of a telephone hotline “create doubts about Google’s interests in a simple and user-friendly implementation.” Germany’s Federal Commissioner of Data Protection Peter Schaar added that “objections should be possible at all times.”

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