Google Street View ‘does not breach privacy’

April 24th, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook Washington, Apr.24 (ANI): Google’s controversial Street View does not infringe people’s privacy, a watchdog has ruled.The service has made pictures of people’s homes and cars available to everyone across the web, reports Sky News.

But the Information Commissioner’s Office said it would not be in the public interest to “turn the digital clock back”.

The ICO’s David Evans said: “In the same way, there is no law against anyone taking pictures of people in the street as long as the person using the camera is not harassing people.

“In a world where many people Tweet, Facebook and blog, it is important to take a common sense approach towards Street View and the relatively limited privacy intrusion it may cause,” he added.

The decision followed a complaint by campaign group Privacy International that argued that it breached the privacy of people who were accidentally caught on camera.

Images which have been removed include a man being sick outside a pub and another man walking out of a sex shop. (ANI)

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