26/11/2010

By David White, Managing Director, Weboptimiser

The latest Google news is that in Germany vandals have been targeting Street View opt-out homes.

Whilst Google's Street View rolls out across Germany 250,000 householders have opted to have their properties blurred.

Those home-owners appear to have become the unsuspecting victims of anti-privacy vandals.

Local media report that homes in Essen, west Germany have been pelted with eggs and had 'Google's cool' notices pinned to their doors.

The properties involved have all chosen to be blurred on Google's Street View service.

The German government took a hard line on the service, mandating that citizens be allowed to opt out, before pictures went live.

Since going live in Germany, the service has captured a series of bizarre events, including a naked man climbing into the boot of his car on the driveway of a house in Mannheim, south-west Germany.

Another camera appeared to capture the birth of a baby on a street in a Berlin suburb, although there are question-marks over that.

This news gives me cause to have some concern, as while I like much of what Google does, I am always looking ways to do business outside of the Google enclave.

Watch a video of David White talking about the latest Google News.

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