European Data Protection Digest

Citizens Say No to Mapping Service

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

September 24, 2010

Several hundred thousand people have asked Google to remove their home from its Street View mapping service, The New York Times reports. The deadline for opting out of the service in Germany is 15 October. Germany has expressed more resistance than any of the other 20 countries where Street View is offered, which Reuters' Brian Rohan says is due to "the memories of the role played by the Nazis' Gestapo and the East German Stasi secret police." Meanwhile, Germany's government has informed the companies behind online mapping services to come up with guidelines on data protection by December or face regulations. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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