Neighbors chase off Google camera car

You’ve no doubt heard about the Google car that goes around photographing homes for a 3-D street level view of communities.

Well, not in Broughton, a village north of London in the UK.

“My immediate reaction was anger: How dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?” one resident told The Times of London, according to CNN.

“This is an affluent area. We’ve already had three burglaries in the past six weeks. If our houses are plastered all over Google it’s an invitation for more criminals to strike. I was determined to make a stand, so I called the police.”

Google’s Street View project has generated other complaints about privacy.

“Embarking on new projects, we sometimes encounter unexpected challenges, and Street View has been no exception,” a Google spokesman said.

I’ve seen the Google car around here. The shots in our neighborhood were taken in the dead of winter, not doing justice to the blooming dogwoods.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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