On November 18, 2010 went to launch street view in Germany: blessing or a curse, yet? November 18, 2010 was an exciting day for all who have redounded to the company Google, because Google Street view went on this day finally at the start. Who now uses Google maps or Google Earth, see building not only from the perspective of the bird, but also directly from the street view. So far, twenty major cities are unlocked on German space that can be made tangible by Google Street view. This maps Google had to operate for quite a bit of effort, because special vehicles with cameras installed by Germany had to go on the roof and photographed paths and facades of houses. Differently than in other countries street view in Germany encountered heavy process, since many politicians saw threatened privacy and the privacy of citizens. Google responded to quickly and allowed residents prior to publication of the material appeal against the virtual view of their House, cars, or even the own person in the Internet to insert. In this case, the raw material in the respective place was made pixelated and therefore unrecognizable. More than 244,000 people took advantage of this opportunity and applied to have her house verpixeln on Google.
Even when subsequent applications, it is still possible to edit the unwanted pictures within a few hours by Google so that they are no longer visible in the view. Google was also the so-called anonymization automatism”to mislead the faces of passers-by. But this function had some weak points and not at each face, it worked as desired. It also faces on posters and the like by this automatism were affected, even if a such effect was not desired. Many supporters of Google hits this petty”behaviour however resentment. Some already responded with special Web sites and launched actions to retrieve pixelated houses. Also attacks with rotten eggs on defaced houses made have been reported also in food.
Real estate agent, which could ideally use street view as advertising surface, were upset about the pixelation. On findedaspixel.de verpixelte calls to mark houses on the site”. So you can make your work those, who want to shoot the relevant House itself, to introduce it as an image in the 2-D map service of Google maps. In many Internet forums the topic “Street View” is lively and often there is disagreement whether the world needs this new function well or even without this new feature comes out. The German cities of Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wuppertal on Google maps as street view are available. Helena Schmidt)