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Defining and Defending Privacy

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

August 23, 2010

The legacy of the Nazi era and the Cold War has many Germans focused on protecting privacy, the Canadian Press reports, most recently prompting the government to take a stand against Google's plans to unveil its Street View in that country in the months ahead. "We respect people's privacy," said Philipp Schindler of Google, noting, "In Germany, we offer rules for 'Street View' that do not exist in any other countries. Only in Germany can you request your house be omitted before the start." The issues rekindle debate over how to define and defend privacy in the digital age, the report states. According to Berlin's Freie University Prof. Jesko Kaltenbaek, "There is a fear of becoming a 'See-through Citizen' in a totalitarian surveillance state."
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