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4/3/2009

3:50 PM -- According to Times Online, an angry mob of residents from a Buckinghamshire (that's in England) village recently attacked a Google Street View car as it attempted to photograph their streets.

    ...When the Google Street View car trundled towards Broughton with a 360-degree camera on its roof, villagers sprang into action. Forming a human chain to stop it, they harangued the driver about the "invasion of privacy"...

    It was Paul Jacobs who provided the first line of resistance. “I was upstairs when I spotted the camera car driving down the lane,” he said. “My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent? I ran outside to flag the car down and told the driver he was not only invading our privacy but also facilitating crime.”

The residents didn't mention any complaints about the fact that Britain is home to one fifth of all CCTV cameras in the world. Or that the government is forcing ISPs to retain customer data like email. Or that the U.K. is "world leader in adopting intrusive surveillance technologies such as biometrics, surveillance cameras, computer databases, and DNA testing," according to Privacy International.

But hey! They showed Google!

— Red Panda, Light Reading

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