Microsoft’s Streetside Generates Less Criticism in Germany than Google’s Street View

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Roughly a year ago, Google found itself in a heated debate when the company decided to brings its popular Street View service to the streets of Germany.  More than 244,000 Germans filed a complaint with the company on the grounds that the images posted online could violate their privacy by showing their homes to the world.  Now Microsoft has decided to bring their own version of Street View called Streetside to the same areas, but surprisingly with a much smaller negative response.  Though still in the early stages, Microsoft has stated that they have received less that 90,000 requests to remove images captured by their cameras.

Have the German’s grown to accept this new concept or has the media brought less attention to Microsoft being in town?  In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Microsoft spokeswoman Dorothee Ritz stated that “Compared with other services, the acceptance of our service is great” and that the German’s have developed a “growing appreciation for geo-data services.”  Microsoft has also stated that they are promising to make it easy for people to request their property be blurred out on the online service.

Google recently said that it stopped capturing images in Germany, but with the reduced backlash against Microsoft providing the same service, German’s may find Google Street View cars in the neighborhood soon enough.

 

Source: The Local

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