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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 3, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    Google prompts village revolt

    Ciara O'Brien

    It had to happen sooner or later. Apparently, the villagers are revolting in the UK, and Google Street View is the culprit.

    A group of villagers in Broughton, near London, chased the Google Street View car out of town (presumably without the aid of pitchforks and blazing torches). They blocked its path and called the police, claiming the service was invading their privacy and facilitating crime.

    Google’s view on the incident was that they sometimes encounter “unexpected challenges”. Having the police called may be an “unexpected challenge” to Google, but it would certainly put a dent in my day.

    According to CNN, the residents were worried that having their homes on Google Street View would entice criminals to the area. Which makes a lot of sense, except that local residents then gave interviews to national newspapers pointing out that they live in an affluent area. Thus neatly stepping all over their privacy point.

    Never mind, perhaps burglars don’t read the Times of London.

    • Caroline says:

      Any idea if google need permission to provide the street view and if so who do they consult to get this permission? More importantly, what about the live street view which is due to launch in Ireland in the next four months! I think it’s a really grey area which will lead to privacy, legal and who knows how many more issues.

    • john says:

      Damn, this new street view could seriously damage my health.

      The mistress might see me taking the wife out – help !