- Associated Press - Friday, August 20, 2010

THE BACKDROP: Germans have long harbored an obsession about protecting privacy. That’s because of memories of Nazi-era denouncements of neighbors and East German secret police snooping.

NEW FEARS: Some citizens are disturbed by the idea that Google Inc.’s Street View might help strangers locate them in their homes.

GOOGLE‘S RESPONSE: Under strong government pressure, Google made Germany the only country where people can request to have images of their homes deleted before it goes online in November.