This Is How Germany Looks After the Google Street View Privacy Craze

I understand people's fear of Google's power. Really, I understand their privacy concerns and fully share them. What I just don't understand is this stupidity about blurring houses in Germany's Street View. 240,000 houses have just been censored like this.

Advertisement

It doesn't make any sense. When I can drive to, say, Kielganstra├če 25 in Berlin and look at the building with my own eyes, does it make sense to have it blurred? Why? It's a public place, anyone can see it. It's just there. By doing this, the German government and the 240,000 idiots who wanted their houses blurred are just maiming a very useful service. In fact, they are actually stealing a technological advantage from their citizens in the name of a media-driven nationalistic crusade against Google. This is especially bad when other German companies offer exactly the same service, providing with photographs of all buildings in their own street navigation web sites.

I'm glad the rest of the 81 million Germans didn't go into this senseless privacy frenzy. Hopefully, no other morons in any other country will follow up. People, there are more important privacy battles to be fought and won. [Greg.org]

DISCUSSION

nothingtoseeheresoz
Nothing to See Here!

If you think about it, it can help people find a good house to break into without requiring to physically go there and examine it. They can examine it from across the globe, find a house that's appealing and then book their flight. But without the feature, they need to book an expensive flight and then look for any random house that looks good enough.