UK Says Street View Is Fine… As Canadian Politicians Get Worried About It

from the is-it-so-hard-to-understand dept

I’m not sure what it is about Google’s Street View offering that so freaks people out. It’s simply taking photos of public areas, not private properties. Yet, we already saw how folks in the UK freaked out about it, insisting that it must be illegal. Well, the UK’s “privacy watchdog” has now announced that Google Street View is perfectly legal, so there’s nothing to worry about. The group pointed out that there were significant safeguards in place, and any violation of privacy was minimal. Of course, there are still others who haven’t quite realized this yet. Colin writes to alert us that politicians in Alberta, Canada are now the latest to worry about how Street View might violate privacy, with the Privacy Commissioner getting upset that Google had started taking photos in Alberta without first concluding talks with his office to make sure that everything was on the right side of the law.

Filed Under: , , ,
Companies: google

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “UK Says Street View Is Fine… As Canadian Politicians Get Worried About It”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Scared about the wrong thing

“but you know, that’s the government … we know we can trust them”
That’s a joke, right?

The UK is so screwed when it comes to privacy that this doesn’t surprise me at all. Granted I wasn’t that concerned about StreetView before I heard about the complaints, but I’m almost surprised it isn’t UK government policy to put security cameras in household bathrooms “For the children.”

Vincent Clement says:

So, it’s okay to have a product, like Google Earth or Google Maps, that shows my backyard in clear view. But taking pictures in a public place may not be okay, even if the technology blurs people faces and licence plates?

Someone should show the Privacy Commissioner the Flickr website.

Really, thousands of people are losing their jobs and this is what the governments in Canada are worried about?

Cait says:

This is just one of those things people get worked up about that I’ll never understand, it seems. Taking pictures in public spaces is a logical, sensible right in most places. And, it’s just a photo! Where are people seeing the harm? If you’re doing something in your home in plain sight of people on the road that you don’t want publicized, why are you doing so in plain sight? Do these also see harm in ending up in the background of a tourist photo that ends up on Flikr or Facebook? I just don’t get it.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...