Streetview comes to South Tyneside
Smile, you’re on candid camera!
I won’t protest or throw a wobbly hissy fit, but some people might, as Google’s Streetview became live for the vast majority of the UK today, South Shields and South Tyneside were fully mapped by Google’s camera van last September, I haven’t found a face yet that hasn’t been blurred (including Alan Branley’s election poster on Ahmed Khan’s van – he’ll be happy with the free advertising) and I haven’t spotted a vehicle which hasn’t had it’s registration plate obscured.
Unfortunately you cannot take a tour along King Street or the Market Place in South Shields, presumably the barriers were in place or the camera van couldn’t get out and about early enough in the morning. Shame about that, it means web folks around the world cannot get a full view of the town centre.
I’ve spotted a few people that I know walking around the streets of South Shields and they probably don’t realise they’ve been caught by the American operator’s cameras, but really, I have no privacy issues with Streetview at all. It is no different from me incidentally capturing people on my camera as I go around the borough photographing our best bits for the rest of the world to see, we have to remember that in this country we generally have no rights at all to privacy when out in a public place, and photographers, generally, have every right to photograph in and from public places, so long as we don’t transgress any other laws or continually harass people.
In many respects Streetview is a boon to help you get a feel for a new place that you are planning on visiting, and a good argument against those PCSOs and security people who try to tell you to put your camera away!