German homes opted-out from Google Street View get vandalized

You will probably already have heard of all the many stories concerning privacy issues on Google’s Street View and we have posted previously about privacy laws being broken and how personal information, including passwords have been collected by Google.

In Germany this led to a clampdown by the German government who safeguarded citizens’ privacy by maintaining they had a right to opt-out from being on Google Street View before Google were allowed to go live there. Around a quarter of a million Germans chose to opt-out and have their homes blurred according to BBC News.

Street View is now appearing across Germany and looks like being a big hit. So much so, that some of those who chose to opt-out have now been the victims of having their homes vandalized by the pro-Google brigade. In Essen there were reports that some of these opt-out homes had been pelted with eggs and also had signs posted on their doors reading, “Google’s cool.” A Google spokesperson declared it a one-off incident although surely that can’t be ascertained yet and said, “We respect people’s right to remove their house from Street View and by no means consider this to be acceptable behaviour.”

It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops. Read more about this incident on bbc.co.uk. What are your thoughts on this story? We’d like to hear from you about this so why not send us your comments.