Blurred German Houses Get Egged By Google Street View Fans

from the your-house-is-not-blurred-in-real-life dept

We found it to be somewhat silly that various folks in Germany could have Google blur the image of their house, as some sort of misguided privacy notion. As if to highlight the fact that if your house is blurred that it's not as if people can't see it in real life, it appears some overzealous Google fans have started throwing eggs at houses that chose to be blurred. As if the message wasn't clear enough, the houses that were egged also had notices taped to their mailboxes stating "Google's cool." That all seems a bit extreme (Google, rightly, is stating that this is not "acceptable behavior"). While I agree with Google that this is really childish behavior, there is a bit of a typical Streisand Effect to all of this. In trying to block the images of their homes, they have only served to call that much more attention to their homes.
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    Rekrul, 25 Nov 2010 @ 4:57am

    Re: I think it comes down to scale...

    It seems if its not against the law its OK..and that is not a good way to live and leave a future for anyone to come.

    So instead of a world where the laws tell us what we can't do, you want a world where the law tells us what we're allowed to do? Where everything you do has to be specifically allowed by law, or it's illegal?

    Its monumental and it involves an object that a lot of people have come to believe is theirs and if given a choice would do something about it. I don't see this as hard to grasp in a intellectual manner. Also I don't see how you understanding a choice someone makes is a chance to belittle them. Privacy is a moral stand point based upon strong opinion and cannot truly be defined in any one way.

    Because the view of your house from the street isn't private. Depending on how busy your street is, dozens or even hundreds of people a day see your house. Not to mention that the owner's name isn't attached to the images, so for 99.99% of the people who will see the photos, it's just an anonymous house.

    Takes time to get over the desensitization and I honestly still see it as a useless idea and concept.

    You mean like streaming music and video? We've had radio and TV for years, delivering music and TV shows into our homes. Does anyone really NEED to be able to stream it over the internet? Or what about portable music and video players like the iPod? Is it really such a hardship to be without your own personal music and video library for the time that you're away from home? For that matter, does the average person really need the internet? I mean, sure it's convenient for a lot of things, but the general public got along just fine before AOL came along.

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