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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Filed Under: google maps, privacy, street view, uk


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  1. identicon
    Mogilny, 20 Mar 2009 @ 12:37pm

    Privacy at stake!

    People get mad when u take pictures of them on the street. It is a bit creepy. You should always ask for permission, ESPECIALLY if you plan to post them on the internet.

    At least it isn't some douche who wants to get rich by suing Google. I see the legitimacy of his complaints, but they won't stick in court. Kudos for trying.

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