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July 7, 2008

Google Street View faces problems in UK


by David Allen

The privacy laws in the UK could slow Google down as they attempt to offer the street view services in a number of cities and towns all over the UK.

The now infamous Google camera cars have been seen driving around the streets of London, but this is apparently only a test - people from inside Google are saying that they are nowhere near ready to properly deploy their camera cars on our roads yet.

In the wake of these sightings privacy groups are readying themselves to question Google on data protection laws. There has been talk that faces and even number plates of vehicles could be blurred out, if this helped at all address privacy concerns.

Whatever the case, Google Street View is going to develop, and people will need to be aware of the technology that can capture them in compromising positions. But the Information Commissioner will be forced to keep a close eye on the whole thing.

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  1. Google faces no problems with street view. There is no restriction, in law or otherwise, of taking photoghraphs from a public place in the United Kingdom. It is quite simply nothing to do with the Information Commissioner.

    Comment by Malcolm Nickolls — July 7, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

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