Privacy

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
photographs, privacy, royal wedding, street view, uk

Companies:
bbc, google



Google Street View Is Invasion Of Privacy... But The BBC Showing Everyone At The Royal Wedding?

from the double-standards dept

We've been somewhat mystified about the complaints people have about images of people on Google Street View. Google is now "blurring" people to help deal with the issue, but it seems pretty silly, really. You're out in public. Someone can randomly take your photo. Of course, the backlash against Google Street View has been particularly harsh throughout Europe, where people insist it's a massive affront to their privacy. And yet... Glyn Moody points us to a blog post comparing the reaction to Street View to the reaction to the BBC putting up a high-def image of crowds at the Royal Wedding, and asking people if they can spot themselves.
This raises an interesting question on privacy and balance.

Google decided to blur the faces of ordinary people going about their ordinary activities caught on Street View.

The BBC have decided, where events like the Royal Wedding are concerned, it's fine to have high definition street shots showing the faces of ordinary people in the crowd; not to mention police officers, armed forces and - presumably - under-cover crowd security officers.
It certainly seems like a double standard. Is there something different about this being an "event"? I can't see how that makes much of a difference, really. Is there something about it being a "US" company vs. a UK organization? Or do people just not really think through these things until someone freaks out and screams "privacy violation!"?

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    Old Fool (profile), 4 May 2011 @ 11:14am

    Re: The difference is easy to spot

    What cash?

    What power?

    Seriously, the BBC is not in competition with Google, they are not even allowed to show a profit on anything they do.

    If I go to an event, I expect to be seen in public.
    Walking down an ordinary road, I get uncomfortable if anyone even looks at me too long - suddenly appearing on street view for the entire planet to see can be too much for some people.

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