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Focus: Debate surrounds Google's plans for Street View in Germany

As the deadline for people in Germany to blur images of their homes from Google Street View arrives, Deutsche Welle takes an in-depth look at the arguments for and against the service.

Street View camera in front of the Google logo

People living in Germany who are concerned about Google's plans to post panoramic pictures taken from city streets have until Friday, October 15 to request images of their homes be blurred before the company's Street View service goes online.

Images of the country's 20 largest cities are scheduled to go online by the end of the year. But Street View, a feature of Google's mapping service, has been met with a mixed reaction in Germany.

Supporters have said they're looking forward to being able to take virtual looks at German cities the way they already can of cities in over 20 other countries around the world. Opponents, however, have countered that Street View - and other services that record geographic data - represent an infringement of their right to privacy.

Deutsche Welle takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding Google Street View and Germans' reactions to it.

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