A spate of burglaries in a Buckinghamshire village had already put residents on the alert for any suspicious vehicles. So when the Google Street View car trundled towards Broughton with a 360-degree camera on its roof, villagers sprang into action. Forming a human chain to stop it, they harangued the driver about the “invasion of privacy”, adding that the images that Google planned to put online could be used by burglars.
As police made their way to the stand-off, the Google car yielded to the villagers. For now, Broughton remains off the internet search engine’s mapping service.
It is thought that the Google car that tried to enter Broughton had come from photographing roads in near by Milton Keynes. Google said that its car had been using public roads and was not breaking the law. A spokesman said: “We provide an easy way to request removal of imagery. Most requests are processed within hours.” Pictures removed include that of a man leaving a sex shop.
Privacy International, a pressure group, has begun legal action against the company in an effort to bring down the mapping service.
They are like minutemen, raising the alarm to stop google :
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