Google Street View UK now covers 96% of the country


On Thursday, Google went live with its expanded Street View for the UK.  The street level service now covers approximately 96% of the 246,985 miles of thoroughfares.

This major update comes on the back of a ruling from the EU that Google can only keep unblurred images for a maximum of 6 months.  Google’s policy before this ruling was to keep images for 12 months.

The service offers unprecedented views from the street level that can make finding your location much easier.  Or, as one of our forum members pointed out, “now I get to see my angry mother-in-law waving her handbag at the Google car as it was driving down her private drive”.

While not everyone loves the service because it invades on their privacy, the overall consensus is that this is a great tool when used appropriately.  And now that the service has expanded its area of coverage, more UK citizens should be able to accurately find their destinations. 

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