Google pulls some street images
Following yesterday’s release in the UK of the Google StreetView service, the BBC reports here that some images have already been pulled because of privacy doings. One of the things shown as an example was someone hoying-up (vomiting, in English). It’s not very clear on the BBC website the exact location, but my eagle eyes have pulled it out (it’s the picture in screen dump above left).
What is clear, is that the BBC have published a screen dump (duplicated at left), of the picture that Google subsequently pulled! So what does all that mean for privacy? Personally, my opinion is that if you are in a public place, say entering a sex shop, then you are available to photograph although in your own private space is a completely different matter. The camera doesn’t capture your “soul” any more than a mirror.
But the government think it’s okay to plaster CCTV cameras everywhere – so why can’t anyone take pictures in a public place? This has direct relevance to my earlier post here which discusses the double standards that UK government use for photography in a public place. Anyway, the phantom puker in Curtain Road, Hackney, London EC2A, UK is now fuzzilly revealed.