by Mike Masnick
Wed, Nov 3rd 2010 3:46pm
In one of the more ridiculous overreactions to screams of "privacy," Germany recently required Google to agree to "blur" any Street View images at the request of property owners. That anyone could just drive/walk/fly by and view the same property perfectly clearly, didn't seem to register with those making the rules. Apparently 3% of homeowners have demanded their homes be blurred, and Google has now blurred the images. Chris Matyszczyk, over at CNET, took the following screenshot:
I'm trying to figure out how this helps anyone. Is it really protecting anyone's actual privacy to have the image of their house blurred in this nature? Is there really so much info in such an image that it was a serious concern pre-blurring?
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