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Google Street View goes national

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By Hani Megerisi

Posted on 10 Mar 2010 at 12:10

Google Street View will roll out nationally tomorrow.

The service - which was previously only available in 25 cities in the UK - has been expanded to include more than 238,000 miles of road from Shetland down to Penzance.

“With so many practical applications it's no wonder that over two thirds of people who had tried the service said they would use Street View again”, said Ed Parsons, Google's geospatial technologist, highlighting that many people use the service for house-hunting and planning trips.

However, Street View has been dogged by questions of privacy, with the service reportedly used by burglars to plan robberies.

Google has also come under EU scrutiny over the service. Justice commissioner Viviane Reding called on Google to make people more aware of when the cameras were coming round and how they could opt out of being on the service.

In addition, the firm’s insistence on keeping all images for 12 months, including un-blurred pictures of people, was deemed unnecessary by the EC, although Google stood firm by the decision.

One area of the UK that is unlikely to be included in the national roll-out is Broughton in Buckinghamshire, whose residents ‘chased’ the Google Street View car out of the village when it rolled up to photograph it.

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User comments

The residents of Broughton will of course be prohibited from using and viewing anywhere else on StreetView?

By chapelgarth on 10 Mar 2010

Reported by whom?

"with the service reportedly used by burglars to plan robberies."

Is there any actual evidence of this ever happening or is it just recycled paranoia from the Daily Mail?

There's a term for the sort of burglar who would plan a robbery using the months-old, distorted, restricted images available on Street View: 'the defendant'.

By Noghar on 10 Mar 2010

I used street view

Alas, not for financial gain, but to check out road access and parking around St. George's Hospital in Tooting.

By cheysuli on 10 Mar 2010

Broughton residents beaten!

Streetview shows all of Broughton streets. Looks as though the residents did not try hard enough!

By adamgashead on 11 Mar 2010

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