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Google Earth Street View - Mostly no Coverage in Germany

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Hi guys.


I just bought and installed the new Germany North region from Orbx.


I have also acquired lots of freeware airport upgrades from various Germany sites....there's lots to chose from.


After installing one freeware airport for Babenhausen (which appears not to be a defunct WWII airport) I went to Google Earth to check out the area.


I found there is very little if any street view of Germany in Google Earth.


Anyone know what that is?  Its like a hole in the middle of the ocean, high definition satellite coverage all around.  Even good 3d Lidar views but no street views.



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That's simple - due to privacy laws one has the right to the image of one's own property in Germany, especially if the image is to be used commercially. Google had to offer each and every property owner the option to have their property "blurred" out of the streetview views. And after so many people opted for that, Google pretty much gave up.


Some larger cities do have coverage, because Google argued that they could not blurr individual flats in apartment building, etc. But once you head for the more "individually" populated subburbs, the coverage disappears.


Just for laughs: check out the German Embassy in Dublin - yep! Even that is blurred...





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