Villagers in an English town have a skirmish with Google Street View contractor.
Wired PR News – Residents in a southern England town have taken issue with Google’s Street View application. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), villagers in Broughton reportedly banned together to turn away a contractor who was shooting images for the popular Internet service.
One villager, Paul Jacobs is quoted in the report as stating in The Times of London newspaper, of his reaction to seeing a camera car taking pictures of his neighborhood, “My immediate reaction was anger: How dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?”
The Thames Valley Police is quoted by the AP as releasing the statement, “They felt his presence was an intrusion of their privacy… When police arrived at the scene, the car had moved on.”
Street View, which was released in the U.S. in 2007, has now been made available in various other countries. As noted by the AP, it has become the subject of widespread debate in regards to privacy rights and freedom of information.
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