Google’s Street View Raises Protest in Britain, Owing to Invasion on Privacy

On Thursday, some inhabitants of Britain have complained that Google's has trespassed into their privacy with its service, Street View, which covers 99% of the country's roads.

Some locals living on the outskirts of Milton Keynes thought they had managed to escape from Google’s service capturing images of their houses. But this week, when the extended service went live, their street together with millions of others was available online.

Google said that earlier, a technical problem had prevented the images from being accessible online.

John Neale, 76, a Retired Builder, who lives in London Road, said, "I think it's an invasion of privacy. These photos are looking over your fences and walls - it's an intrusion and I'm not sure it's a necessity". However, the Information Commissioner's Office has stated that the service is legal. It also said that Google's practice of blurring faces and number plates to prevent individuals being identified was enough.

While images captured by the Google car have recorded some embarrassing moments like a man going to a sex shop, in another incident it has even helped to arrest a criminal. In June 2009, two men were arrested by Dutch police suspected of robbery after they were recognized in a Street View image.

Launched in 2007, Street View has now expanded to number of countries globally with nearly complete coverage.