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Google Street View removes images of secret UK sites

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It turns out that when Google recently deployed Street View all across the UK, they mistakenly ignored "do not photograph" signs around some key military installations, including bases of the Special Boat Service and Special Air Service (SAS) and the MI5 headquarters. This obviously raised some (real or imaginary) concerns that said images might be used by terrorists, and Google promptly removed them.

When I originally wrote about Street View going live across the UK, I voiced my privacy concerns. Commenters then shot me down as being a scaremonger. So I must ask, dear commenters: if there really is no problem with Street View showing images you can see just by walking down the street, is the UK government making a fuss over nothing here?


Tags: google, military, privacy, street view, StreetView, StreetViewPrivacy, uk