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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    Tom Rand, 23 Mar 2009 @ 4:31am

    OMG

    so what does this guy do when say a bunch of tourist's start taking pictures of our wonderful old building just at the same time this dude walks past in the background & BAM he has been caught walking down oxford street
    does he then track down these so called tourist's and take them to court as well?

    when are people going to pull their collective heads out of their nose bag's & realize a PUBLIC PLACE IS A PUBLIC PLACE.

    STAY IN IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SEEN.

    be it a passer by, cctv, snappy tourist's, beggars, blaggers, cops on push bikes, cops on foot, me, you & the whole world have the ability to see YOU in some form or another either directly or by proxy face it when you are in a public place weather you know it or not there is the possiblity you will get spotted/snapped/tracked/questioned/quized/glanced at/spoken too

    Why don't this dude make better use of his time by lobbying against the fact that you now need government permission to protest!

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