Google Street View receives a green signal from UK’s ICO

Google Street View has finally got a clean chit from the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The UK’s privacy watchdog group has declared that the street mapping tool does not breach privacy.

Google Street View

The basic aim of the Google Street View is to provide images of streets taken by it, via the Google Maps online, to its users.

Apparently, Google and Information Commissioner have had meetings for discussing on the service before its launch. Commissioner has given a go ahead after being convinced that it does not aim at breaching people’s privacy and does not violate the Data Protection Act.

For those of you who are worried for some reason, Google assures that it will take steps like burring people’s faces and the number plates to maintain privacy. This has already been started in US.

“Although it is possible that in certain limited circumstances an image may allow the identification of an individual, it is clear that Google are keen to capture images of streets and not individuals,” the Information Commissioner stated, reports BBC.

Google Street View photo-mapping tool had caused a lot of controversy, facing opposition from privacy campaigners in UK. Privacy International, a UK rights group had raised concerns as they suspected the tool violated privacy and data protection laws.