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March 22, 2010

Google Street View in SAS base controversy

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by Darren Allan

Google’s Street View, the map based photography scheme which now covers 95% of Britain since its latest expansion, has been the centre of controversy again.

Privacy issues have been the cause of previous worries, which include complaints that the service is nothing more than a resource for the nosey, or worse still burglars casing a house.

But fresh concerns involve the possible use of Street View by enemies of the state or terrorists, as the service has included several sensitive locations in its imagery.

These include the SAS headquarters in Hereford, and according to a BBC report, an MP has come forward saying he feared this could encourage a terrorist attack.

However, Google says that there’s nothing on the website that you couldn’t see from driving past the base on the road.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson agreed, saying to the BBC: “It would be impractical to ask Google to withdraw images as they can be easily obtained from other sources over which we have no influence.”

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