Street View spycar prowls Inverness
Caledonia falls to Orwellian Opel
Hot on the heels of reader Ziad al-Hasso's clocking of Google's Street View spycar in London, Scott MacLeod brings us chilling evidence of the search monolith's ambitions to expose the entire UK to international scrutiny:
The vehicle in question was snapped around two weeks ago in Inverness, and if you compare the number plate with that of the London snoopmobile, it's clear Google has an entire fleet of Opels sniffing around Blighty's highways and byways - as confirmed by other recent sightings in Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Concerned citizens are, however, not going to take this invasion of Orwellian budget family cars lying down. Privacy International has raised the matter of Street View with the Information Commissioner's Office, and an ICO operative yesterday confirmed to El Reg: "Yes, we have received a complaint about this and we are looking into it. We are contacting Google to get more details of the scheme." ®
Have you got any closer up photos of the label on that device? Or information on branding etc? Or some way of prying it off the light and mailing it to me? :D
In Aberdeen too
Saw it driving down Union Street yesterday at about 9am. Wonder if It'll go down my street... *sticks "HELLO GOOGLE MAPS" poster on outisde of house*
I mentioned they were in Inverness last week - what gives ? :P
That aside - my mate snapped one of these devices on a few lamposts in his street that turned up the same day the Google-mobile was about.
A quick call to the Highland Council street lighting department confirmed they knew nothing about it, and that it should definitely not have been put there without their permission.
So, over to you, readers. What the hell is it ???