Google street view car blocked by angry mob

A Google street view car was met by an unruly crowd in the UK. Some homeowners in the town of Broughton, UK were upset that a Google car was driving and taking pictures of their homes and gardens.

"A member of the public had called us to report that he, along with a number of others, were standing in the middle of the road preventing the car from moving forwards and taking photographs. They felt his presence was an intrusion of their privacy."

Google did respond to the allegations that they do provide tools that allow users to remove the pictures of their homes to regain privacy. While it is understandable that one may be upset that a picture of their property is being shown online one must also understand that it is a static picture and not a video feed.

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It's a small protest which are allowed by law

It's a protest that happened to obstruct traffic. Then it's no longer about protesting or not, but about obstructing traffic.

invasion of privacy.... BUILD A FENCE THAT NO ONE CAN SEE THROUGH!!!

Hate people like this...

Its visible form the road its not an invasion of privacy

The guy says the quality of their shots??? Has this guy used google maps? the shots arnt clear for a reason...

Bet u this guy will plan his next holiday using SV to see where to dine...

No offence, though i'm sure this will cause some

The whole invasion of privacy thing is utterly pathetic, aslong as these streetview cars aren't driving on peoples front lawns, drives or property - they're doing nothing more than anyone else can do.

If you don't like it, get it removed - they're pulling forward in the world of technology. Until factfull data proves that robberies are up due to street view, i'll refuse to beleive it actually makes much/if any difference at all.

So true, this is the kind of people that go nuts if I would photograph their garden. Get a clue -- it's visible from the street! Are they going to gouge the eyeballs out of people passing by as well? This is all legal to photograph.

Two things:

1) All they had to do was get the pictures removed via the normal procedures.

2) The UK law as it stands clearly disallows this anyway. If you take your camera on the street and begin photographing houses which include visibility within private property, you are committing and offence under UK privacy law. UK privacy laws allow the right to reasonable privacy - which includes the photography of private land and buildings. This applies to still photography and motion film/photography and you do not have to be on private property to fall foul of it.

Bingo.

I don't see the need to go and photograph people's homes anyway, chances are if you're going to be traveling to someone's home they will have given you directions.

I can understand streetview being useful for densely packed city centres where you might be looking for a shop or etc, but as far as homes go it's nothing more than Humankind's innate desire to snoop.

Actually the other day my flat mate called me as he was out of town looking for a location and was lost, using a combination of of Google maps and street view we tracked down where he was and where he was supposed to be.

SoupDragon said,
2) The UK law as it stands clearly disallows this anyway. If you take your camera on the street and begin photographing houses which include visibility within private property, you are committing and offence under UK privacy law. UK privacy laws allow the right to reasonable privacy - which includes the photography of private land and buildings. This applies to still photography and motion film/photography and you do not have to be on private property to fall foul of it.

Both this:
http://www.sirimo.co.uk/media/UKPhotographersRights.pdf

And this disagrees:
http://www.urban75.org/photos/photographer...law.html#people

I never used Google Street View so i could be wrong but i thought the goal of Google Street View was to provide a normal view one would have by driving in the street.

So while the house are beeing shot we can't really say the Google Street View car is directly photographing houses.

Isn't the UK known for their CCTV and lack of privacy?

Also, why the hell would they bring streetview into a tiny town like that? Correct me if I'm wrong cause my knowledge of countryside UK is ****, but... wiki says Broughton is a population of 1,367? Google is trying too hard.

splur said,
Isn't the UK known for their CCTV and lack of privacy?

Also, why the hell would they bring streetview into a tiny town like that? Correct me if I'm wrong cause my knowledge of countryside UK is ****, but... wiki says Broughton is a population of 1,367? Google is trying too hard.


Here in Australia, they have photographed hundreds of tiny towns, some with only a handful of houses. My house has been there for the past 6 months and we have not had a burglar yet :-)

Mike

as stated in various ways before....PUBLIC STREETS PEOPLE....you don't want your house photographed, go save up your pounds/euros and go buy a place in a gated community, or on a ranch far from any PUBLIC street, so that anyone in the GENERAL PUBLIC can't see it....or be visible from PUBLIC roads....


did I forget to mention that it's PUBLIC? no privacy there.

I agree with everyone saying that this is stupid. If a burglar want's to rob your house, then heck, he can go and drive down your street himself, and probably do more by looking in your windows at night, behind fences etc,

Grow up people, its the 21st century. OMG SOMEONE CAN SEE MY HOUSEEE, NOOOOO

David.

quite the opposite of this then , eh? http://www.lemondrop.com/2008/11/18/google...iew-goes-artsy/

i think that google should have distributed leaflets or something before sending the car there... that way stuff like this wont happen, if people are going to disapprove of it, their entire town will be missing from street view and google wont waste time and effort sending the car just to be met by a mob like that...

No this is retarded..plain and simple. IF I decide to have sex in public, masturbate, or do something stupid...I can't turn to anyone in the area and say "hey stop looking at me give me some privacy" It's called a public area for a good reason. Read my previous comment...if they want privacy with their homes, go live in a gated community or in an area with a ton of acres so that they can live away from the main roads...

now excuse me while I go tell people walking by my apartment to stop looking at my place

The point you were trying to make was lost with your horrible, horrible, horrible examples. And your point also sucked.

You're right, it's not against the law to take pictures of all my ****. But if I see you doing it I'm going to have a problem with it.

It's not against the law for people to continue watching people have sex in public. But if you kept watching I'd **** you up.

Public means accessible by all, and there's no debate about that. But how can you not realize that laws should only be used to the point of common sense? Even though it's legally justifiable for me to stand in front of your house and watch you for hours on end taking pictures, it doesn't mean that you wouldn't have a ****ing problem with it does it?

SirEvan said,
No this is retarded..plain and simple. IF I decide to have sex in public, masturbate, or do something stupid...I can't turn to anyone in the area and say "hey stop looking at me give me some privacy" It's called a public area for a good reason. Read my previous comment...if they want privacy with their homes, go live in a gated community or in an area with a ton of acres so that they can live away from the main roads...

now excuse me while I go tell people walking by my apartment to stop looking at my place

i meant like, google should consult with the people of the town , at least to see if they are mob-prone and anti-streetview or not

they do provide tools that allow users to remove the pictures of their homes to regain privacy

The next step is to sue Google for making people go through the steps of removing pictures they didn't want online in the first place. "Do no evil" just gets better and better, doesn't it?

LOL, how many people are now going to strap a tripod and camera to the top of their cars and drive through the village just to p*ss off the natives.

So people go bat**** crazy when there's a possibility of Google handing over user data that is personally identifiable and we consider it an invasion of privacy.

Now people go bat**** crazy on the people who say it's an invasion of privacy to take pictures of--and this is their ultimate goal--every house in the world.

Search results = Confidential
Pictures of where I live, where my neighbor lives, where all the windows on my house are, what my door looks like, what my garage looks like, what car I have, etc. = Post that **** on the internet because there's not even a possibility of it being used for potential harm. Besides, if it is used for potential harm then it could have been done anyway, now it's just 200 times ****ing easier! But I don't care about that!

lol.

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