How many German households have opted-out of Street View?

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 8:00 AM

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Cross posted from Der Google Produkt-Kompass

Since April 2009, people in Germany have been able to ask for their house to be blurred on Street View ahead of the product being launched. At first they could ‘opt-out’ by writing us a letter and a few months ago we launched a special online tool to make the process easier. We worked closely with the Data Protection Authorities to ensure all the right German privacy standards were met.

We’re now close to launching Street View imagery for the 20 biggest cities in Germany and we’ve counted the number of households in those cities which decided to opt-out. Out of a total of 8,458,084 households we received 244,237 opt-outs, which equals 2.89% of households. Two out of three opt-ots came through our online tool.

Given how complex the process is, there will be some houses that people asked us to blur that will be visible when we launch the imagery in a few weeks time. We’ve worked very hard to keep the numbers as low as possible but in any system like this there will be mistakes. For instance, some people asked us to blur their house, but didn’t give us the precise location. In such cases the household can still ask us to blur the image using the ‘report a problem’ tool on Street View once imagery is published - and we’ll do it as fast as we can. The same is true of faces and car licence plates that our automatic blurring technology may have missed.

It won’t be long before you’ll be able to look at some of the most beautiful images of Germany using Street View. We’ve got a couple of nice surprises as well. We’ll be back with more news soon!

9 comments: - Ihr Partner für Outdoor & Bike said...

Finally - street view will start in germany! In the end I suppose the users will love street view... - and cannot understand the "Opt-Out-hysteria"...

JSG said...

3%... What's all the fuss about?

Allow streetview in Germany only for logged in users and check they didn't ask for blurring!

Ben Nash said...

Wow, 2.89% actually seems kind of high. Remind me again why Germans and Japanese feel the need for this so-called "privacy"?

Klaus said...

Und das sind die Leute, die als Erste schauen, wie es an ihrem Urlaubsort aussieht. Traurig, traurig. Ich bin mir nicht im Klaren darüber, was diese Leute dagegen haben, wenn man ihre Häuser sieht????

Boris said...

neee das sind die Leute die Payback Karten benutzen und auch nichts dagen haben das ihre Kontodaten (wegen der Terror gefahr) nach Amerika gesendet werden.
und von vorratsdatenspeicherung haben die auch noch nichts gehört

attys said...

I heard, how the google street viewer project stopped to hungary, because the political can't like it.
Can you watch this page:
This is a Hungarian street viewer site.
Everyone thinks what he wants.

$teini said...

Oder es sind BILD Leser, welche vor dem großen bösen Google-Anschlag gewarnt worden sind. Möge BILD auch alle Ahnungslosen vor dem kommenden oracle-schen lizenz-terror warnen.

JTyler23 said...

Finally Street View in Germany! I've been waiting on this for quite a while.

Any rough estimate on when coverage will expand from the cities to the smaller, outlying villages and countryside? I realize it's a much larger country, but will Germany ever match the UK in terms of coverage, for example? Looking forward to it.

tina said...

Finally. Germans ( im german myself ) are one of the most scared nation.Scared of what? of everything. Open minded people? you gotta be jocking. They keep the society being skeptic of every surroundings.Its sometimes too frustrating dealing with these many close minded,non-flexible people in one country.