German Towns Saying ‘Nein’ to Google ‘Street View’

Google’s corporate slogan might be “don’t be evil,” but some communities in northwestern Germany see something nefarious in the company’s photographing all their streets and houses. If they get their way, they will remain black holes in Google’s ambitious mapping of the universe.Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information” has just met a formidable foe in the form of the town of Molfsee near Kiel in the northwestern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.The picturesque, but not picture-friendly town hopes to block the Internet giant from filming its streets and the houses of its fewer than 5,000 inhabitants for its “Street View” program — a service that provides 360-degree, street level images via the Google Maps search engine.,1518,581177,00.html

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