Over Privacy Issues Microsoft Turns off Streetside Imagery in Germany; Learning Snacks Snacks for Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data

Microsoft has shut down its Bing Streetside imagery in Germany after some people expressed concerns about the way the company was handling blurring requests. Bing Streetside taking pictures of German streets since May 2011, and by March 2012 the company said it had over 31 Germany cities, including Berlin, as part of the Streetside program. […]

Microsoft has shut down its Bing Streetside imagery in Germany after some people expressed concerns about the way the company was handling blurring requests. Bing Streetside taking pictures of German streets since May 2011, and by March 2012 the company said it had over 31 Germany cities, including Berlin, as part of the Streetside program.

Microsoft said that it will continue to take pictures for the service while it remains shut down.

Microsoft spokesperson Thomas Baumgartner tells PCWorld that he's not sure if or when Streetside will be reinstated in Germany.

In a statement, a Microsoft said:

"We have learned that there are a limited number of customers in Germany who have raised concerns about their blurring requests. As we take privacy and data protection of our customers very seriously, we decided to take down the StreetSide Beta service in Germany, while evaluating these individual cases and working on a solution."

"As we take privacy and data protection of our customers very seriously, we decided to take down the Streetside Beta service in Germany, while evaluating these individual cases and working on a solution."

In other Bing news, Microsoft released the two new Learning Snacks for Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data.

These Snacks are great if you are new to mapping and want to understand how these two technologies can create a stellar solution. We hope you're hungry!

Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data

Snacks Bing Maps and SQL Server Spatial Data

Bing Maps

Snacks Bing Maps

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