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Some kids in Germany vandalized houses where the owners opted out of google maps street view.
Opting out of Google Maps' Street View in Germany will blur the image of your building on the photographic map, and make you hideously uncool. So says a group of vandals who egged homes in Essen that appear pixelated on the search engine's map, leaving notes that say "Google's cool" (in English) on the privacy-lovers' doors and mailboxes.
The victims are part of the 3 percent of German residents, totaling almost 250,000 people, who chose to have images of their homes blurred from Google's Street View map feature. Google uncharacteristically offered Germans the chance to opt out of the system before it launched after German government officials voiced concerns about privacy rights and Google's data-collection method.
The identity of the person or persons who used Google's tool to track down the spotlight-shunning opters-out and vandalize their uncool homes is unknown.
Google responded: "We respect people's decision to opt out and by no means consider this to be acceptable behavior."
Those people sound like idiots.
"The owners of this house want their privacy kept by not allowing their house to be viewed via Google, so they must get vandalised for wanting to protect their home from the very thing we are going to do to them".
Google should shame them for using their name in their vandalism.
The picture is perfectly fine, those are just the houses of the people who wanted their houses to be blurred.
At 11/28/10 02:59 PM, DirtyMeatball wrote: The picture is perfectly fine, those are just the houses of the people who wanted their houses to be blurred.
I'm pretty sure they're just joking, but yeah. If you're an idiot, then this should clear that up for you.
I fucking hate google because they're privacy invading assholes.
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At 11/28/10 04:50 PM, HungarianSupermarket wrote: So they let you choose if you want your house blurred but they steal your wifi details?
What is it with people today? I mean, really, is it that important to have someone's house viewable on the internet?