Thousands of Germans opt out of Google Street View Almost 250,000 Germans have told Google to blur pictures of their homes on the Street View service. The German government insisted that people get the chance to make the request as a condition of letting Google operate Street View. It said personal privacy would be violated if people did not have an option to opt out. I've been discussing street view with friends and other people I know, and frankly I haven't met anyone who want their home detailed out on the internet, for everyone. Good thing a government stood up for its citizens and forced this 800 lbs gorilla to let people make the choice (provided that they'll follow through on it). Better yet, act like the Czechs and block data gathering for this service for good. I wish others will follow this too, but I doubt that it will happen any time soon.