Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. After rioting over Google Street View cars accidentally capturing Wi-Fi network details, less than 3 per cent of Germans actually chose to opt out of having their houses on Street View.
That number equates to 244,237 requests from the 8,458,084 houses that were photographed for Street View, with Google giving Germans the option to ban their houses from the service from April of this year. Privacy is obviously a large reason why people don't want their houses shown on Street View, even though you can still see them if you walk or drive down the road yourself, but presumably the backlash over Google Street View cars accidentally capturing Wi-Fi network details was concern enough for people to not want their abodes on the site.
This week, Google promised it would not collect Wi-Fi network details through its cars again. [Reuters]