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Google Street View - Legal Problems in Germany? 


In the last months Google has been taking photographs for its controversial Street View feature in Germany. Several officials at both state and federal level have issues with the project and a small town council leader Reinhold Harwart "succeeded" in stopping Google in the northwestern German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The town of Molfsee (pop. 5000) announced that Google needed a permit to take pictures. Laws related to traffic and commercial activities in public spaces would apply. "And when they ask for a permit, we will say no", Hawart says. Although the cited laws are pretty much the same throughout Germany, Google announced to stop taking pictures in Schleswig-Holstein only. Google still argues that streets are public property and that no permit is necessary and will probably continue to talk to officials.

Google is expected to start Street View in Germany very soon. Faces of people and license plate numbers caught in the images will be blurred. The Street View button is already enabled in Germany for testing!

For more information see: The Cleveland Leader, German Town Attempting to Block Google Street View





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