All-seeing Google Street View prompts privacy fears

The latest phase in Google’s mission to organise the world’s information — thousands of street-level photographs of major American cities — has raised questions that the search engine is invading people’s privacy. The new feature on Google’s map service, called “Street View”, was unveiled this week at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California, but within hours of the photographs of downtown San Francisco and New York hitting the internet, bloggers were posting images of people, their faces visible, being arrested, sunbathing and urinating in public.

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