Bucks village repels Street View spycar
Blitz mentality halts progress of German-manufactured invader
The Buckinghamshire village of Broughton has, for the time being, been spared the attentions of Google's all-seeing Street View, after locals repelled the advance of one of the search monolith's Orwellian black Opels.
According to the Milton Keynes Citizen, "mutinous householders" mobilised on Wednesday as the spycar prepared to violate their privacy, forming a human chain to block its path and verbally laying into the driver to suggest he take a hike.
Resistance leader Paul Jacobs explained: “I was upstairs when I spotted the camera car driving down the lane. My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent? I ran outside to flag the car down and told the driver he was not only invading our privacy but also facilitating crime.”
Jacobs then roused other residents, who blocked the road. The good burghers of Broughton also called the police, but before they could arrived, the snoopmobile's operative decided to call it a day.
Jacobs concluded: “This is an affluent area. We’ve already had three burglaries locally 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.”
A Google spokeman told the Citizen that householders were "entitled" to request their properties be removed from Street View, but "only after the picture has appeared".
The Citizen notes that because the driver of the vehicle was on public land, and because Street View "blurs out any faces and number plates", he wasn't breaking any law. We have more analysis of the illegality or otherwise of the UK's Street View here. ®
Thanks to Peter Stiles for the Citizen tip.
When last seen the Google car was still driving repeatedly around Milton Keynes looking for the way out.
I want my House to be on Streetview
I wish we were lucky enough to be inlcuded on Streetview.
I think most of the comments are by ignorant Daily Mail Readers
In a lot of cases (IMO of course) 'like encourages like', so I suppose it is spectacularly unsurprising that the immature and often ridiculous comments in response to this article made here already are by people who are pro Google (The Google Aye!'ers) and anti anyone who is percieved to oppose Google's progress...because the Church of Google is synonomous with technological progress. The irony is that the barkers are referring to the protesters as Daily Mail readers when in fact their own bigoted, right-wing notions make them more likely to classified as such.
Oh yes, and of course, because the people being hounded are apparently wealthy they lose their voice in this everso exciting age of digital democracy....yawn. And how predictable that anyone percieved to be in anyway privilged, whether they are really or not, which doesn't actually matter, becomes a target for abuse.
The tirades from the Tribe of Morons (those allarmingly wise technorati that have bludgeoned themselves into believing that they've got a handle on how things are now and will be in the future, but are actually feeble minded trend following illiterati) is sadly an expectation that is nearly always met.
Even though I'm not wealthy and don't live in an 'affluent' area I still object (on principle) to Google snapping the inside of my front room from the road and the inside of my garage. It's just plane rude. I fully support those people's opposition to the seeming insult to their privacy. If this incident had been on a Council estate in the UK no doubt the protesters would have been labelled ignorant benefit scroungers without the capacity to comprehend progress. It doesn't matter though, you lose if you are up against the desperately ignorant majority (those that believe they are enlightened), and if you are unlucky enough to have been born with an ounce of common sense and forward thinking and you dare to speak out in opposition against something the majority want there's a very high probability now that you're going to suffer the retribution of Internet vigilantes, those toilet inhabiting bacteria that have taken it upon themselves to torment anyone they themselves decide is worthy of their perverse and abberant attention...
As I rarely add to the already overflowing toliet of digital opinion this minor outburst is out of the ordinary for me. But I feel better already though. It doesn't actually matter what occurs in response to my blurting now. Once you've contributed to the toliet your waste gets processed in the same way as all the other crap in there.