Google Gets Green Light To Launch UK Street View

Google's controversial Street View project was given the all clear by the Information Commissioner's Office, UK's body in charge of making sure that Brits privacy are being respected.

Some critics, including UK Rights Group Privacy International, have been pointing out to the fact that Street View could possibly be used as a "Burglar's charter" to allow criminal gangs to target specific houses, effectively turning the online service into a tool as useful as a crowbar.

But the ICO rebuffed potential fears saying that "We are satisfied that Google is putting in place adequate safeguards to avoid any risk to the privacy or safety of individuals, including the blurring of vehicle registration marks and the faces of anyone included in Street View images. Although it is possible that in certain limited circumstances an image may allow identification of an individual, it is clear that Google are keen to capture images of streets and not individuals."

Google Street View could have long-lasting implications in Europe as it could give way to a slew of lawsuits over privacy concerns especially over character defamation.

Google has also unveiled plans to allows users to remove their images from the system which is set to complement the widly popular Google Maps service and will implement face and plate blurring technology where possible.