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article imageResidents fury over Google filming

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 3, 2009 in Technology
Local people from Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom have made the news today after blocking in a Google Street View car.
The driver was about to take pictures of people's properties at the time when the residents began their action. The police were called to th area of Broughton to help resolve the matter. Local homeowners are accusing Google of breaching their privacy.
A local councilor says that the residents living there should have been spoken to first.. He says the camera which was attached to the car was an intrusion.
Google say they were within the laws for the UK and were only filming from land which is public. They also say that they worked with the police and that homeowners have the option of having their property taken away from the Street Map service.
Google Street Map has caused some people concern as they are worried about the information that potential burglars could gain from it.
Councilor John Bint said:
"When a scene is viewed from street level it is acceptable but this camera is intrusive because it can peer into gardens and into the windows of homes.
"That is a step too far and Google should stop taking pictures in this way. They should consult with residents about what exactly they are going to do and provide a right of appeal.
Google have issued a statement in which they said:
"We were careful to ensure that all images abide by UK law. Imagery is taken on public property and is no different from what any person can readily capture or see walking down the street."
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