Thousands of Germans have reportedly requested their homes be removed from Google Street View. Millions more, however, are already avidly using the program.
Online privacy has become a key civil liberty battleground. Companies such as Facebook and Google are amassing data about users' choices and activities, which businesses – and governments – would like access to. Across Europe, a backlash against the storage of online users data is growing. In Germany almost 35,000 people, including Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, sued their own government over the issue. Here are five countries where Google faces privacy, censorship, or other fights.
Google today said its Street View program for Germany would launch in November. Ongoing privacy concerns have led South Korean police to raid the Street View offices in Seoul.
The revelation that Google Street View cars accidentally recorded personal data from 'open' WiFi networks has Germany and privacy advocates upset.
After government's criticized Google for disclosing too much private information, the company released country-by-country data on the number of government requests for user information and data removal.
Hanspeter Thuer, Switzerland’s federal data protection commissioner, said Google’s pictures were violating Switzerland’s strict privacy laws by failing to obscure people’s identities on the mapping service, which offers detailed street-level images.
When Google makes a move in the real estate space, everyone watches for clues that might signal the sleeping giant is hungry for a bigger piece of the real estate pie.