Google’s now close to launching Street View imagery for the 20 biggest cities in Germany. “We’ve counted the number of households in those cities which decided to opt-out. Out of a total of 8,458,084 households we received 244,237 opt-outs, which equals 2.89% of households. Two out of three opt-ots came through our online tool,” stated Google.
“Given how complex the process is, there’ll be some houses that people asked us to blur will be visible when we launch the imagery in few weeks time. We’ve worked very hard to keep the numbers as low as possible but in any system like this there’ll be mistakes. For instance, some people asked us to blur their house, but didn’t give us precise location. In such cases household can still ask us to blur the image using “report a problem” tool on Street View once imagery is published – and we’ll do it as fast as we can. The same is true of faces and car licence plates that our automatic blurring technology may have missed,” Google said.