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August 27, 2010

A third of Brits admit to Street View celeb snooping

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by Darren Allan

Google Street View has, of course, been embroiled in a number of privacy controversies, from the mistaken collection of wi-fi data by its camera cars, to the belief that it’s used by burglars to target potential homes for break-ins.

And it seems another way Street View is regularly misused – well, not exactly misused, but certainly there’s an element of oddity here – is by the public snooping on celebrities and their posh pads.

Pocket Lint reports that a survey conducted by Central Scotland Joinery (double glazing specialists, no less) indicated that a third of Brits have gone on Street View to search out their favourite celeb’s home for a sneaky peek.

Which was the most searched for famous house? Unsurprisingly, it was Barack Obama’s place, the White House. A rather hefty 19% of respondents said they had checked that out.

Hugh Hefner’s pad came a close second with 17% taking a gander at that, the majority of whom were probably male and hoping to catch a glimpse of some Playboy bunnies on the driveway soaping up Hugh’s Ferraris first thing on a Sunday morning.

Other celebrities who have been commonly snooped on Street View include the Beckhams, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. There’s no mention of our own White House, Number 10 in London (no, it’s not white, but it is where all the whitewashing takes place).

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