Aug 242010
 
 August 24, 2010  Non-U.S., Online

Jeremy Kirk reports:

IT consultant Jens Best is preparing to upend the debate over Google’s Street View mapping program, which has run into fierce criticism from data protection officials. Google launched an online tool this week that lets people living in some 20 cities where Street View is due to launch later this year to request that images of their properties be blurred prior to the service going live.

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Best, a 37-year-old IT consultant who lives in Berlin, has recruited a 400-strong crew of volunteers who plan to take photographs of the areas that Google will excise from Street View. They plan to post those photos within Street View, which accepts user generated photos.

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