With Google getting ready to launch Street View in Germany, a quarter million Germans surprised the company by asking that images of their houses get blocked.
The Google application has gone live in 20 other countries already, but Germany is the only country to receive the blur-out option. The nation greatly values individual privacy. It even has its own Consumer Protection Minister, who heartily advocates regulation of Google's mapping activities.
Google is doing its part to minimize the incident: "Out of a total of 8,458,084 households, we received 244,237 opt-outs, which equals 2.89 percent of households," Andreas Tuerk, Google's product manager in Germany, blogged recently.
When you look at it that way, it's not too bad. But might Germany's opt-out option catch on in other countries? If so, would you opt out?