Why there's no street view in Germany?

Ever wondered why you can't toggle street view in Germany's streets? Yep, Germany is one of the most privacy-conscious countries in the world. Privacy has long been a very sensitive issue in Germany. So people were outraged when Google suddenly took panoramic pictures of the streets of Germany even though it was legal.

Even if we're in the modern age, many of Germany’s roads remain a mystery -- at least to Google’s street view. It started in 2010 when Google has just announced it would be mapping Germany by the end of the year. Many Germans were outraged by this announcement.

Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, said that Google had cooperated with authorities. “We work hard to get privacy right at Google, but in this case, we didn’t, which is why we quickly tightened up our systems to address the issue.” Germany fined Google after that. But Google declined to comment on the amount of the fine. 

European laws about privacy are more sensitive compared to those in the United States. So Google blurs faces, building & house numbers, and license plates in its Street View images. It doesn't end there, European data protection authorities need Google to notify the public before they can start driving on European streets. 

Today, Street View is still available, but they haven’t been updated in years and typically have numerous blurred buildings. You can still view the streets in Germany but only in a few city centers and not in residential areas. 


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