Google’s been going back-and-forth over Street View in Germany where one Google representative recently hinted that the company wants to move forward given that German authorities doesn’t create laws against the program. Now, Google’s given in a bit, allowing people to keep their properties out of Street View from the start.
Google didn’t want a confrontation due to fear of defeat or PR reasons. According to Google’s chief technology advocate, Joe Fagle, spoke during a German press conference saying, “Google is not an invader of countries.”
Michael Jones said that his company wouldn’t engage in battle with privacy advocates, they’d rather learn from them.
Fagle reported that Google is “giving people the chance to send in their addresses so that they can have their houses excluded from the service at launch, and have their dwellings deleted from the raw data.”