While Google may see their photo-mapping app Street View as for the navigational good of all mankind, it seems Joe Public are a little more wary of the search giant’s technology. With 95% of the UK to be mapped by the service, new research shows that as many as two thirds of the public feel that Google’s Street View is an “intrusion” of privacy.
73% of the people who called the service an intrusion said they were most angered by the fact they hadn’t given permission for the publishing of images.
Mark Pearson, Managing Director of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, the company which carried out the survey of 1,300 people, was sympathetic to Google’s cause.”The service isn’t for everybody, and I think the main issue is that people feel they’ve had no consultation, despite the fact that many of the images clearly show people, despite Google’s efforts to mask identifying features.
“In honesty, whilst I can appreciate this, it’s unfeasible to expect a company to gain the permission of every single person in the UK,” he concluded.