Google Car Harassed By British Villagers/Cops

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Google Street View cars are hitting roadblocks in England, quite literally. If it’s not the cops in one town, it’s human shields in another.

I’ve never been England, and all I know about British roads is from movies, and from what I gather they are often clogged with sheep. In one village, called Broughton, people shooed off the sheep to block the road personally. They heard they Google car was coming.
Google Street Car
Villagers were concerned Google was taking “tremendous liberty” in how the company was taking imagery of public places. "I don’t have a problem with Google wanting to promote villages,” said one. “What I have a problem with is the invasion of privacy, taking pictures directly into the home."

Once I feared the Google car had caught me, sagging eyes, no ball cap and morning hair mess rubbernecking out the car window to be sure I just saw the Google car right about here. I somehow managed to escape documentation, which is a bit disappointing.
Microsoft SUV
The Google car is easy to spot. Though different models appear in various places, it’s the little fuel efficient, plain-looking number with a weird-looking metal stick-gizmo on top and California plates, unlike Microsoft’s 4×4 gas-guzzling tribute to the Ubiquitous Branding, the American Way and Being Rich Enough To Not Give a Crap.

In England, Google’s got something similar going, as illustrated in these pictures where the Google car gets pulled over by British police. You could try to see that on Street View, but it appears to have been blocked out by now. Good thing the real-time Internet’s slightly faster than Google—bloggers posted the evidence before it could be taken down.

Google Car Harassed By British Villagers/Cops
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  • http://linkdirs.blogspot.com/ Eric

    Google might be invading our privacy here on the web with its Chrome and other services and softwares but people won’t let Google ruin their privacy in the real life. I am with the villagers on this.

  • Guest

    Interesting article. Coupla typos in the first paragraph though:

    “been England”
    “They heard they Google car was coming.”

  • Daniel

    Eric, what is it about Street View that you find offensive? Personally, I don’t see how it gives viewers any more information than anyone could gain simply by walking down the road.

    There was a quote in the Canadian Press as well about privacy concerns:

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