Google To Roll Out UK Street View Feature In Spring 2009

Search Giant Google is set to debut Street View for UK some time next year as the mind-numbing process of collating and processing millions of photographs of Britain's streets and roads continues unabated.

Street View has been one of the more popular features of Google Maps and was launched back in 2007 in the United states before conquering Italy, Japan, France, Spain and Australia since then.

UK's main cities will be targeted with London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh in the first batch according to the independent (ed: the article has mysteriously disappeared from their website though).

For months now, vans and cars with specially designed camera pods have been crisscrossing the country, taking pictures.

But already critics are questioning the benefits of the projects with at least one group, Privacy international, saying that it will take the matter to the Information Commissioner, arguing that it is breaching data protection laws.

The Search giant has already vowed to cover the faces of individuals and number plates of cars photographed.

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