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Google Took Illegal Street View Pictures of SAS HQ

A lot of people have problems with Google Street View. The UK, Greece and Japan have all expressed discontent when it comes to the service, particularly when it comes to an individual's privacy. This past weekend, Google came under fire for accidentally publishing images of the SAS base on the Internet. The secret base of the Special Air Service has never before appeared on maps for security reasons. Late on Friday, Google said it had no plans to remove the images as the photos were taken from a public road.

"One in five people already use Google Street View for house hunting and the scheme has previously launched in 20 countries without any breach of security issues," the Telegraph cites a Google Spokesperson as saying. "Google only takes images from public roads and this is no different to what anyone could see travelling down the road themselves, therefore there is no appreciable security risk. We're happy to discuss any concerns as they arise."

However, with military sources talking about terrorists using the maps to plot an attack, it seems Google has changed its tune. The images have been removed but apparently, this isn't the first time Google has photographed protected buildings.

The Telegraph reports that Google has snapped pictures sensitive buildings around the UK, including Special Boat Service and Special Air Service bases, a Government atomic weapons research centre, security services’ eavesdropping centers and MI5 headquarters. According to the Telegraph, in a photo taken outside the SBS headquarters, warning can clearly be seen stating, “Prohibited place within the meaning of the Official Secrets Act. Loitering, photography, sketching forbidden.” The warning is highlighted in red.

A Google spokesperson is quoted as saying, "Our drivers are trained not to take photographs where this is prohibited by law, but if mistakes are made we will act quickly to remove the images."

  • belardo
    Coming soon from GOOGLE!

    IN-HOME MAPPING!

    Don't mind us.
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  • RooD
    Awesome... I can see where having everything show can be a problem... I hope they drive through area 51 that way I can see if the old arcade is what is really goin down there.

    In all seriousness though I personally love Street View on my Phone for navigating.
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  • alvine
    leave google maps alone they helped me so much I'm horrible at navigating
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  • yzfr1guy
    How come 'The Man' can spy on us with no privacy concerns, but they have such a problem when the tables turn?

    BTW, The street view pics capturing that kid crashing his bike is Epic! :)
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  • HalJordan
    YZFR1GuyHow come 'The Man' can spy on us with no privacy concerns, but they have such a problem when the tables turn?BTW, The street view pics capturing that kid crashing his bike is Epic!
    The government put up signs, in RED, stating that pictures were a no-no. Do you have a sign? I do, I hang it around my neck. No one is photographing me without expressed, written consent.
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  • phantomtrooper
    Next news item..."SAS storms Google, seizes illegal photographs."
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  • phantomtrooper
    And following..."SAS find weapons cache at Google, plans to take over the world"
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  • Google Maps are a real Hoot!

    They can't even get a lot of addresses correct and when you try to make any corrections for say your home town, they just ignore your attempts, even when you're a registered Google Maps user.

    For my town, they've got businesses as being located everywhere but where they are actually located Such as a mile away, in the middle of a river and so on. They just ignore any attempts to apprise them of their mistakes.

    Plus the Google Maps Satellite images are at least 4 years or more out of date.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    GEEZ! you can drive or walk by and see an entrance to a military installation but you cannot photograph the entrance.
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  • Chetou
    "However, with military sources talking about terrorists using the maps to plot an attack, it seems Google has changed its tune."

    Yes, because there is no other way to plot it...like going there and having a look yourself.
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