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The Googles Are Watching! Britain Not Ready for StreetView

Americans may worry about intrusive government spying, but the Brits fear Google as the next Big Brother. Google Earth cars are driving around England, taking 360-degree pictures of houses and streets, and putting them online, as part of its StreetView program.

Answering privacy critics in Europe, Google agreed to blur faces. But, the British worry about strangers, innocent and not, knowing whether they have a swimming pool, what type of car they drive, or which is the best way to rob their homes.

I can see how some may feel these camera-cars invade privacy; however, if they only show public streets people could travel to themselves, isn't the application just making the world more accessible? The most compelling argument against the StreetView is the thought that criminals and burglars can scope out a possible crime scene, without alerting anyone. Less serious criminals, like teenagers organizing pool parties at strangers' homes, have proven the threat.


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raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I once got an email asking if Google could do Google Colonoscopy. Well, I wanted to be part of the winning team so I said yes. Long story short, there is no Google Colonoscopy and now I feel violated.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
this is lame. i am still waiting to see Google Mars.
janneth janneth 7 years
Q:What if you live in a gated community? A:Too bad.
Marni7 Marni7 7 years
My boyfriend and I do this earth places, but its really when we want to see a house we are looking to buy or a place we need to get too..i dont see how its hurting people's privacy as much as its making things/places accessible
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I don't understand how this is infringing on our freedoms. Please enlighten me.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
How much is your freedom worth? Isn't slowly taking away freedoms one of the hallmarks of tyranny? Read Orwell's 1984 before you start thinking up positive reasons for "Google Street View."
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