UK Privacy Activist Claims Google Maps Is Illegal

from the oh-come-on dept

We've seen some silly claims about Google Maps/Google Earth lately, and they just keep coming. The latest is that a privacy activist in the UK is going to issue a legal challenge against Google's Street View offering in the UK, claiming that the photos violate peoples' privacy. Note: these are all photos of people in public places. The UK government has apparently given the go-ahead for Street View in the UK, but this guy is going to challenge that ruling, claiming that Google needs to get prior consent from everyone in the photos before using them. He's not at all satisfied that Google allows the blurring of faces and the ability to take down photos you really dislike. It doesn't sound like this legal challenge will go very far. The guy isn't even sure what law he's going to accuse Google of breaking, and the lawyers quoted in the article seem quite skeptical that there's anything illegal about the Street View product.
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  1. identicon
    piriform, 20 Mar 2009 @ 4:18pm

    Re:

    Google have nothing to lose from giving your details up. They only want to make money off you.
    The government stands to lose power/money because we can vote them out.

    Personally I think neither should have that kind of information, and its true that the government is far more dangerous with these things.

    But I would rather that I had some say in what went on, as i have with government, than a company that can do whatever.

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