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Bing Maps Streetside Launching in Germany, Microsoft Announced

Bin Maps StreetsideMicrosoft’s Bing Maps Streetside will launch in Germany in early May. The company says “transparency” is very important, and is making an extra effort to inform the public of its plans.

Microsoft’s Thomas Baumgartner tells Deutsche Welle that the company will launch a website on Friday (April 8th) telling German residents where Streetside cars will be driving with four weeks advance notice. Via the same website, Microsoft will also allow German residents to opt out of having their homes/apartments shown on Streetside. And, like Street View, Microsoft’ll use automated tools to blur faces and license plates in its photos.

“We’ve a plan for the next 18 months for about 50 cities in Germany,” said Baumg

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