Monday, April 11, 2011

Google Stops Taking Street View Pictures in Germany

It’s probably not new to anyone that Google Street View images has caused so many controversial issues in many of the countries where it exist, the company even had a court case going on during March in a German court and despite winning because it was ruled that it is legal to take pictures from the street in Germany, Google has decided to stop taking new Street View pictures in Germany. The company told Search Engine Land that it has other proiorities.
“Our business priority is to use our Google cars to collect data such as street names and road signs to improve our basic maps for our users in a similar way that other mapping companies do.”
Now I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like much of an explanation to me. The company did not mention any other reasons for its move to stop taking new Street View pictures in the country but it could be because they were forced to blur pictures of buildings by German citizens.  Mind you, that doesn’t mean that Google is halting its Street View service in Germany, existing pictures will remain but that’ll be just about it.
That said, Google has been having troubles with its Street View service in many other countries such as France where it was fined USD$142,000 over privacy violations. I don’t know the laws and requirements to take pictures in the streets of Malaysia, but Google, won’t you bring Street View here already?

(Source: Mashable)

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