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Google's Street View may face UK suspension

  namtas 13:41 04 Jul 2008

It is reported that Google Street View may never be seen in UK as the software breaks UK data protection Laws - this because those in the picture have not given consent. The report goes on to say that in their view they need a person consent if they are to show a persons face where it is for commercial gain........ Surely this can not be fact? surely this is not included in the data protection act, if it was TV could never transmit a crowd seen, the news showing the public in a street could not be televised or indeed anything public.

  Cymro. 15:24 04 Jul 2008

I have no idea if it is true or not, but suspect it is not for the reasons already given. But in a mood of being bloody minded I rather wish it was true if only to see the panic in the faces of some of the powers that be trying to find a way round the problem.

  namtas 16:30 04 Jul 2008


Are you quoting from a code of practise? In my home town there must at a guess be 200 plus road mounted CCTV cameras mounted at almost every junction and street corner, I may have been sleep walking but I can not recall ever seeing any street level warning signs, or being made aware of the information that you refer to, I shall certainly now have a keener eye. With regard to TV broadcasting I think that you are smudging the reality, I am not referring of the just walking past the camera shot but of the hundred and one action shots that we see and are able to identify fellow citizens every day as we watch news items or indeed as we watch any public gathering.

  Managing ed 16:41 04 Jul 2008

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But I look forward to watching loads of pixelated faces walking around the streets. There's a Google van in north London right now, according to reports...

  Mike D 16:52 04 Jul 2008

I have CCTV at work and because one camera can just about capture images of people on the street (if they walk with 6 inches of the front window) I had to register with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act. Apparently I do not have to tell people outside that they may be on camera, and if the camera only captured images of people on the premises I would not have had to register at all.

  spuds 22:08 04 Jul 2008

The DPA seems to be a jumble of things that the commissioner seems to state "each on its own merit!".

A number of years ago, I was photographed rather secretly in my employment role. The photographs were used to promote a musical recording and events. I and my employer looked into this 'unauthorised' act, and we drew a total blank from the so called protectors of civil liberties. I couldn't even claim royalties or copyrights, only embarrassment :O(

  rickf 23:17 04 Jul 2008

Has the world gone mad?????

  rickf 23:17 04 Jul 2008

or to be precise has the UK gone mad???

  Forum Editor 08:17 05 Jul 2008

You don't need permission from anyone to install CCTV surveillance cameras at your home, and provided you use the equipment for security purposes only you do not have to comply with the terms of the data-protection act - you can record images of people walking in the street without their knowledge or consent, in the same way as you might use a video camera to record your child's participation in a school play - you don't have to ask the parents of the other children in the play if you can record their children, too.

When it comes to commercial or local authority use of CCTV the situation is different. In January of this year the Data Commissioner issued a new code of practice covering the use of CCTV for the following purposes:

1. Seeing what an individual is doing, for example monitoring them in a shop or walking down the street.

2. Potentially taking some action in relation to an individual, for example handing the images
over to the police to investigate a crime.

3. Using the images of an individual in some way that will affect their privacy, for example
passing images on to a TV company.

If you want to employ CCTV for any or all of those purposes you must comply fully with the data protection code of practice, although it doesn't apply if you are using conventional film or video cameras - when making a TV documentary, or interviewing people in the street for example. or when shooting a movie. Those methods of capturing images of people are dealt with in a different way by the Data Protection Act.

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