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Google fanboys egg blurred-out Street View homes

By Emil · 13 replies
Nov 24, 2010
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  1. The ongoing privacy dispute over Google Street View got a little crazier this past weekend. Some Germans who elected to have their homes removed from the service were victimized by anti-privacy vandals who threw eggs at their homes and left "Google's cool" notes taped to their mailboxes, according to Deutsche Welle.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +793

  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +793

    Never mind, my mind must be slow today :)
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +695

    Wonder why people are so wound up about having their house on street view? It's not like a news camera or someone with a still-shot camera couldn't take a picture and put it on the Internet at any time anyway. There are no people in the views and license plates are blurred out so it's about as private as you could get. I've found it really handy for finding specific locations.

    (shrugs) Guess some folks are just paranoid. ;)
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +793

    Yeah, I agree.

    Its actually very useful, I was trying to find my way through reading to go shopping and I got warned getting to the car park was a B*tch. I didn't have a sat nav at the time (that was any decent anyway) so I used google.

    Man was it useful to have been able to see the road before I got there!

    I don't agree with this but it is funny how people have got so offended by there house being put on street view.
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Wonders how many topless lasses have been photographed during googles street view project...

    ...And how many husbands have wondered why there's a strange car on their driveway in street view all of a sudden...... :haha:

    But in all seriousness, I don't get the "issue".
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Issue is giving 'unlimited' access to information to just one corporation; and frankly corporations can't be trusted, because they are driven by 'bottom lines' and 'profits'; not by ethics, ethics are only used to cover stuff up which they don't want others to know. Beside, everyone spend money to either 'buy' or 'build' their own home, so I think it is perfectly reasonable argument that any commercial use of such data must be done only once the owner have given permission.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +793

    I can understand that but surely that means everyone who walks past would need permission to look at said persons house?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,529   +2,316

    I keep posting this, and everybody keeps ignoring it, but I like to hear myself talk, so here we go again.

    It is illegal to use a photograph for commercial purposes, without a signed model release. The same could be enforced for a building by virtue of a property release.
  10. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    When i saw the Google car coming up the street (lucky me), i ran out and got my blurred face all over it man....and my dirty white shirt i was wearing. XD

    Thats my 1 second of fame right there!
  11. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Wow, what a bunch of nerds. I hope someone manages to Google their information and egg them back.
  12. uhclem

    uhclem TS Rookie

    Hey Captain *******, we ignore you because we know buildings never willingly sign model releases.
    I guess they're stuccoed up or something.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,529   +2,316

    One Post Doesn't Make You Part of We....

    unless of course you're moderately to severely delusional..........
    How can "we" be ignoring me, when this is your first post, and you're not actually part of anything yet. The property owner must sign the release. Couldn't you figure that out by yourself? Sure ya could, you just think you're clever dontcha "Twatsley", and wanna run your yap.

    And don't send me any friendship requests until at least 2013.
  14. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 855   +64

    its only a matter of time before google street view is taken down. why do we want a tool accessible by everyone that means no suspicious people checking out stuff, they can just look online and find any dark secluded alleyway or house they want and check out if it looks like crap or looks like its worth robbing.

    my 2 penneth. google dont care as long as they make their money and cement their future.

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