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Street View Deadline Today

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

October 15, 2010

Google's extended period for German residents to opt out of having their properties featured in Street View when it is launched this year ends today, Deutsche Welle reports. In the wake of concerns from German privacy advocates, the company allowed residents to request their residences to be made unrecognizable before the service's launch. Approximately 200,000 people have taken Google up on the offer and have had their homes or apartment buildings blurred, the report states. "We take privacy very seriously," a Google Germany spokesperson said, noting the company respects that individuals "may not want certain types of images featured on the service."
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