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Google, Germany Come to Terms Over Street View

Google says it will comply with Germany’s privacy concerns in order to launch its Street View in that European country.

Among the requests, er, demands:

  • Citizens may choose to have views of their homes removed before the launch.
  • Faces, cars and homes will be blurred.
  • Unedited photos will be erased from Google’s records.

Street View is already up and running in nine countries, including the U.S. and the U.K. Pictures are taken from a vehicle that drives around and takes snapshots at street level.

But privacy concerns in several countries, including Germany, Japan and Greece, have slowed its worldwide availability.


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