German Photographer Plans To Add Back In Buildings That Opt-Out Of Google Street View
from the proving-the-ridiculousness-of-the-situation dept
We’ve never quite understood the general fears about Google Street View’s photographs, since they’re photographs of public places. However, many still seem somewhat freaked out by it all, and especially in Europe, they’ve continually put new rules and restrictions on Google’s Street View operation. Apparently, in Germany, people can specifically request that Google remove images of certain buildings. Of course, this is silly, and to prove that point, a German photographer is going to go photograph all of those buildings that have been excluded, then upload them to Google’s Picasa image hosting service, link them up to their GPS coordinates, and then “re-connect” them with Google Maps.
He’s basically doing a good job of pointing out how incredibly silly it is to say that you can’t photograph something that’s in public view. Anyone can photograph it, and with today’s technology, those photographs will likely end up online. Pretending that opting out of Google’s Street View protects any sort of privacy is folly, so congrats to Jens Best, for coming up with a simple and effective way of showing that.