Google has stopped Street View photography in Germany and says it has “no plans to launch new imagery on Street View in Germany”.
This announcement has come despite a recent German court ruling that photography from streets is legal in the country.
In most locations where Google has Street View, it sends its cars on a repeated basis to make sure the information is up-to-date. Although renovations on my house and a change of car from one of my fellow tenants has yet to seen by one of Google’s Street View cars.
Google plans to continue showing the existing Street View photos for the 20 German cities that are currently online. However, there are no plans to update these photos. It is unclear whether this is a final decision or not.
German officials raised objections very quickly after Google announced its plans to launched Street View in their country. After lengthy negotiations, Google agreed to let German residents opt-out, blurring their buildings. Nearly 250,000 households and businesses chose to opt-out.