Google Street View snap alarms Westcountry MP
A Westcountry MP has called Google’s Street View service “unnerving” after being caught on one of the internet giant’s cameras.
Jeremy Browne, a Home Office minister, was photographed in the street by one of the camera-equipped cars used to create the images for Street View, which allows anyone with internet access to view pictures of locations around the world.
The company blurs the faces of people in the images, but Mr Browne was immediately recognisable carrying his ministerial red box.
He was photographed near Paddington railway station last year, when he was a Foreign Office minister and allowed to take his ministerial work on the train with him to his Taunton Deane constituency in Somerset.
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Mr Browne told reporters at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow: “I do find the surveillance vehicles with cameras on top slightly unnerving when they drive past.
“Campaigners are always most alert to the threats to individual liberties that can be caused by the state but we also need to be guarded about how the evolution of technology means that private organisations can also intrude into individual privacy in a way that many people would find unsettling. Quite often the state is more regulated than private organisations.”
He said there was an issue about the “intrusiveness of modern technology” and the Government was “alert to the public concern about excessive use of CCTV”.