Germans Gather to Protest Government Database
PRIVACY—GERMANYSeptember 13, 2010
Some 7,500 Germans gathered in Berlin this weekend to express concerns about personal data privacy, AFP reports. The protestors, comprised of civic organizations and political parties gathered under the name "Liberty Instead of Fear," denounced a government database that will collect information on wages, taxes and social payments, the report states, as the government and companies increasingly accumulate personal information in large databases. The protest follows strong opposition to Google's Street View mapping service. The company has since given German citizens the opportunity to have images of their homes and businesses pixilated prior to the services' launch online.