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Google Street View goes off road to add areas like Stonehenge

Google Street View, the internet road mapping service, is extending its scope to cover areas further away from driving routes including Stonehenge.

It is putting its 3-D cameras on rickshaw-style tricycles to film popular off-road spots which also include Loch Ness and the Angel of the North.

In April a privacy watchdog said Google's photographing of homes in every town in Britain did not breach data protection laws.

The internet search company's street-level mapping service caused controversy when it started in Britain as householders said that it could be used by burglars or terrorists to research targets.

Residents of the village of Broughton, Bucks, formed a human chain to prevent one of Google's camera vehicles filming their properties without permission, claiming that the website encouraged voyeurism.

But the Information Commissioner's Office rejected a complaint by the Privacy International pressure group, which had called for the service to be suspended.

Street View allows web users to "walk" along streets, exploring 360-degree images recorded from eye level.

But its cameras have also captured some embarrassing moments, including a man entering a sex shop and another being sick in the street.

The application allows users to access 360-degree views of roads and homes in 25 British towns and cities and includes photographs of millions of residential addresses, people and cars.

It has been hailed as a helpful tool for home hunters and would-be tourists.
goffik Posted by goffik
14th August 2009ce

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