OK, so last week we saw many Google Street View images surfacing on the web, the funny, the embarrassing and the damn right disgusting. Well now residents of Broughton in Buckinghamshire have chased a Google Street View camera car out of their village for fear of envading their privacy.
Paul Jacobs – a local resident spotted the car entering the village and asked the driver to leave. After Google driver refused, Jacobs rallied other neighbours, who in turn surrounded the vehicle forcing the driver to ‘pick up his camera and run’.
Jacobs claims residents were worried that the photographs were an invasion of their privacy and would attract burglars.
“My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?” He tells The Times. “This is an affluent area. We’ve already had three burglaries locally in the past six weeks. If our houses are plastered all over Google it’s an invitation for more criminals to strike. I was determined to make a stand, so I called the police.”
In a statement Google says it is aware of the incident, but believes its existing privacy controls are suitable. “We know that some people are uncomfortable with images of their houses or cars being included in the product, which is why we provide an easy way to request removal of imagery. Most imagery requests are processed within hours.”