Google fanboys egg blurred-out Street View homes

Emil

TS Rookie
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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TomSEA

TechSpot Chancellor
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. ;)
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
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.
 

Leeky

TS Evangelist
Wonder why people are so wound up about having their house on street view?
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".
 

Archean

TechSpot Paladin
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.
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
Archean said:
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.
I can understand that but surely that means everyone who walks past would need permission to look at said persons house?
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
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.
 

Benny26

TechSpot Paladin
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!
 

uhclem

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

captaincranky

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

unless of course you're moderately to severely delusional..........
Hey Captain *******, we ignore you because we know buildings never willingly sign model releases.
I guess they're stuccoed up or something.
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.
 

yukka

TechSpot Paladin
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.