Text of report in English by independent German news magazine Der Spiegel website on 18 November; subheading as published
For months, a debate has stewed in Germany about whether Google's Street View service violates privacy by providing images of homes and front yards across the country. More than 244,000 residents requested that their homes be blurred out of the service, which launched on Thursday.
Google's controversial online Street View service went online in Germany early on Thursday morning, launching with panorama images of streets in the country's 20 largest cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich.
In contrast to other countries, …