Google Street View UK given green light

Google has been given the green light for its Street View tool by the UK's privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Street View, which maps photos onto locations featured on Google Maps, has run into a number of privacy problems in the US since its launch in 2007.

But the IOC has said that it is satisfied with the measures that Google has put in place to avoid breaching privacy laws. The internet giant has assured the IOC that the UK version of Street View will use blurring technology to mask faces and license plates to allay any privacy fears.

Earlier this month Privacy International told the BBC that Google's mapping tool breached data protection laws as it used images of people's faces for commercial gain without their consent. With the IOC's decision, however, it looks like we will soon be able to enjoy UK drug deals on Street View from the safety of our web browsers.

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