More than 100,000 Germans Ask Google to Blur their Homes

Germans are amongst the most frequent users of Google’s Street View service, but that doesn’t mean they want pictures of their homes on the Internet. At least 100,000, and possibly a lot more, have registered online to have their homes made unrecognizable.Germans may have a reputation for staring at people, but they apparently don’t like it when the favor is returned. SPIEGEL has learned that more than 100,000 people have already registered with Google to have their homes blurred out of the Google Street View service, which is slated for launch by the end of the year.,1518,718374,00.htmlAlso see:Germany debating privacy with Google and peers
German officials met internet firms on Monday to try to reconcile Germany’s strict data protection rules with programmes like Google’s “Street View” mapping system, as calls for regulation intensify.Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner, who has clashed with social networking site Facebook over its handling of user data, told a newspaper she expected tougher legislation to rein in some ambitions of Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine.

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