Is Google Interested in Quicksee for Street View?
Google (GOOG) has faced a firestorm of controversy over its Street View service, with a number of government officials and agencies looking into potential privacy violations. Just last month, South Korean officials raided Google's offices there in search of user information that may have been collected illegally.
Other countries investigating Google's Street View service for potential privacy violations include Spain, France, Australia, and Germany, as well as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. And in addition to the FTC, the Connecticut Attorney General is conducting an investigation.
While some of the investigations center on the acquisition of user data by Google Street View cars roaming the roads, German residents are also concerned about images of their homes potentially being on display for anyone with an Internet connection to see.
If a Google-Quicksee deal goes through, and interactive virtual tours are added to Street View's photo mix, that may give Germans even greater cause for concern.