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Google's UK Street View Gets Clearance, With Safeguards

     
5:31 pm on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google's UK Street View Gets Clearance, [news.bbc.co.uk]With Safeguards
Google's controversial Street View photo-mapping tool has been given the all clear by the UK's privacy watchdog. In a statement the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said it had requested a further meeting with Google to talk about Street View prior to the service's launch.

It said the safeguards Google was putting in place, such as blurring faces and registration plates, were sufficient to allay worries about privacy.

The statement said: "Although it is possible that in certain limited circumstances an image may allow the identification of an individual, it is clear that Google are keen to capture images of streets and not individuals."

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Good to see safeguards going into place. The concept of streetview can be used for many helpful purposes if Google is able to balance the safety and security issues. good luck!

ps bring extra money, the uk gas prices are crazy

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Imagine if your local friendly government were driving round in cars photographing every single street detail and publishing it, people would be up in arms, why does this lot get away with it?
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With stories of amature photographers being stopped from taking photos in the street under the Prevention of Terrorism Act I really do wonder how they got away with it.
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Hmmm, safeguards are not what the main issue really was about privacy...

Are google going to safeguard streetview from being accessed by thieves to scout out property targets?

The main issue about privacy is the fact that it opens up the street to being remotely monitored by thieves for easy access points, escape routes and when the best time to carry out crime etc.