Google Street View Plans Slammed By German Watchdog

Google is facing fresh criticism from privacy regulators in Germany over its plans to launch the Street View service in the country.

News agency Bloomberg reports that, on Tuesday, Google announced the deadline of the first launch of its controversial Street View service in Germany.

“This surprised me very much. The quick introduction of the objection tool and the decision to start it during the summer holidays create doubts about Google’s interests in a simple and user-friendly implementation,” said Johannes Caspar, a regulator of Hamburg’s data protection authority.

According to a blogpost by Peter Schaar, federal commissioner of Germany’s Data Protection authority, the authority will ensure that all complaints regarding the Street View service are answered and dealt with before it is launched in the country.

The company had stated that the new feature will be available across German cities by the end of this year.