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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    Very Annoyed, 26 Mar 2009 @ 2:21am


    For the last few years I have been able to use google earth as a tool to my working life and have found it excellent but I have just seen the google map street view and was astounded to be able to see into my elderly parents home and my sisters house including what type of doors, locks and other security devices they have fitted. I could even see what furniture and fittings they have. If people do not want there faces visible then fine, thats there perogative but i think that being able to look into someones house from the comfort of your pc should be made an illegal view to be able to show. By this I mean that google should place a pixellated overlay to everything except the bricks and mortar. Its an ideal opportunity for the unfortunate people who seem to disregard the materials in life that people have worked for and steal them causing numerous damages to property and the feelings of the victims. What would happen if I stood on a street and took photos of peoples houses to put on the intanet. Arrested?

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