What have two attacks in Norway, in which more than 90 People lost her life with the data protection discussion in the Internet to do? Not much at first glance. But they do provide grounds for discussion about security.

Data protection absurd - when fear becomes panic

Zoff about Google Streetview

In autumn 2010 an absurd discussion broke out in Germany that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Their subject: house facades. The trigger: The introduction of the Google Streetview service in Germany.

Google Street View is an additional service to the map service Google Maps and the geoprogram Google Earth. The service was presented for the first time in June 2007. The special thing about Streetview: The 360-degree panorama images show house facades and traffic not from above, but from the street perspective. You will be recorded with special vehicles that drive the streets with nine cameras and three laser measuring devices for three-dimensional measurements. A large part of the USA can already be found in Streetview, and parts of other countries, such as France, Japan, Italy, Great Britain and Australia, since summer 2008. From July 2008, Google recorded German roads in many cities and counties and published the locations where further recordings were planned. On August 10, 2010, Google announced that Streetview should be made available for the 2010 largest cities in Germany in 20. At the same time, Google granted an eight-week objection period in which homeowners or tenants could submit an application for their residential building to be obscured. Google undertook to delete the raw data material - the pixelated houses are therefore irrevocably lost.

But Google had them on account made without consumer associations, privacy advocates, local government, the homeowners association, politicians and the media. Because they soon stoked them Anxiety before the data octopus Google, which is now also penetrating our living rooms with its cameras - which ultimately led to this Company had to process 244.237 requests for blurring and finally announced in April 2011 that it would expand Streetview in Germany or update the images. The scaremongers had done a great job with their witch hunt on Google. Consumer protection minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) raged: “No secret service would hunt for pictures so unabashedly. The search engine group Google already has more precise personal profiles than any of its governments Welt.”Peter Schaar, the Federal Commissioner for Privacy and freedom of information, at the network policy congress organized by Bündnis 90/Die Grünen on November 13, 2010, mentioned very tangible - and wrong - consequences that Google Streetview could have for individuals: A personnel manager at Deutsche Bahn who wants to fill a position and now via Google Streetview in the window of a Candidates there is an anti-Stuttgart 21 poster. And the net activist Jens Best, for whom a ban on Google Street View is equivalent to a ban on taking photos of public buildings and thus a restriction of freedom of the press and freedom of expression, was polemically attacked and threatened from all sides. Justification of his opponents: With his SALE “Lost Houses”, which wanted to photograph pixelated houses in street view and thus make them visible again, he did not respect people's desire for privacy. In truth, however, the excitement had completely different causes.

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