Google Street View: We did not breach privacy (update)

March 19, 2009

Google has launched its Street View service in the UK, covering 25 cities including London, Manchester and Cardiff.

Street View gives members of the public access to street-level photos using Google Maps, enabling them to view locations in 360 degree format.

A spokeswoman told Amateur Photographer that, worldwide, it has captured ‘tens of millions’ of photos since the service was launched in other parts of the globe. Google records the pictures using camera-equipped vehicles.

To address any privacy concerns, Google has issued a statement which reads: ‘Street View only features photographs taken on public property and the imagery is no different from what a person can readily see or capture walking down the street. Imagery of this kind is available in a wide variety of formats for cities all around the world.’

The search engine giant adds that, if a user considers an image to be ‘objectionable’, they can report it and potentially have it ‘removed’.

Faces and car number plates have been blurred.

For details visit Google Maps

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