Commissioner: Street View no violation of privacy laws in Great Britain?
is expected to launch its controversial Street View feature in Great
Britain later this year. After several complaints from citizens and due
to opposition from privacy advocates, the Information Commissioner's
Office took a closer look at the service and finally gave it his
blessing: "We are satisfied that Google is putting in
place adequate safeguards to avoid any risk to the privacy or safety of
individuals, including the blurring of vehicle registration marks and
the faces of anyone included in Street View images. Although it is
possible that in certain limited circumstances an image may allow
identification of an individual, it is clear that Google are keen to
capture images of streets and not individuals."
Individuals can also complain about identifiable pictures and have them
Cars have been spotted in several European countries in the last few
months including Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain.