Google Street View is seen by most UK consumers as an intrusive technology and nothing more than a ‘service for burglars’, according to a new poll reported in The Telegraph.
Discount website myvouchercodes.co.uk interviewed over 1,300 people about the service, which lets users of Google Maps switch from the traditional birds-eye view to a 360-degree street level view of towns and cities photographed by Google's car-top cameras.
According to the report 57 per cent of those interviewed described the service an ‘intrusion' while 24 per cent said that they believed it was ‘a service for burglars’. Three-quarters of those who labeled the service an ‘intrusion’ said that they were most angered by the fact they have not given permission for the publishing of images.
Just over a third said they thought the expansion of the service, announced on Thursday, was a positive thing.
However, according to The Telegraph, Thames Valley Police does not believe there is any evidence to suggest that the service caused an increase in burglaries.
Approximately 210,000 additional miles have been added to Street View with the latest update, bringing the total to around 238,000, according to Google.
It was beset by privacy problems when it launched, and Google was forced to pull several images that identified specific individuals. However, despite widespread complaints at the time, privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office ruled that the tool did not breach the Data Protection Act.
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