We Won't Close Street View Argues Google Maps Head Honcho

Google Maps chief John Hanke asserted that Google will continue taking images of the streets of UK and keep them placing online for its contentious Street View service.

In an interview with The Times, Hanke purported that the service has already been widely popular in the UK and rejected the concerns that it could anyway aid burglars plan where to hit.

Quoting the significance of Google Street View application in helping people, Hanke said in a statement, “We know it is really popular and people are using it broadly and I am totally convinced that they are not all using it to plan robberies.”

“I tend to think that societies like ours come down on the side of information being good for the economy and good for us as individuals”, he added. Along with this, Hanke further revealed that the company is intending to provide comprehensive coverage of most of the parts of the country by the end of the next year.

He further notified that the images on the service will be updated only once a year, adding that he believes that controversy surrounding the service will be subsided very soon. Google Street View service, which was launched in UK last month, offers 360-degrees view of major cities at street level, enabling users to take a virtual tour of the cities right from their PCs.

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Our Comments

Could Google be wrong? In a world where Facebook has reached 200 million users, it seems almost surreal that people are chasing a car that takes photos to put on an online mapping service. We have yet to see any boycott of Google altogether (this is highly unlikely to happen) but the search giant needs to be more careful about where it treads.

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