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Several hundred thousand Germans already use “Street View” every week to plan holidays or to look up an area in one of the 23 countries covered so far, Wagner said.

“Talks with data protection officials are always controversial, but the users like ‘Street View,’” she said.

In South Korea, meanwhile, police investigators raided Google’s Seoul offices Tuesday on suspicion the company was illegally gathering personal information for its “Street View” service.

Police official Ahn Chang-soo said a cyber crime unit is investigating Google Korea for possibly violating South Korean communications and privacy laws. Police confiscated computers and hard drives for analysis and that company officials will soon be summoned.