Google maps is brilliant. I do not know if you have tried it but is is an excellent stalking tool and I am sure that burglars the world over thank their lucky stars that some poor bloke has to drive every street in the world just so we can look at where we live when we are bored.
Well, not everywhere apparently. The residents of Broughton, Buckinghamshire spotted the Google car and blocked it from filming their roads. When the police arrived the car drove off. They reckon that having their streets online is an invasion of their privacy and would attract burglars (they have already had 6 burglaries in the past few months - a figure London can boast every few minutes!).
Not so says Google, "Before launching Street View we sought the guidance and approval of the Information Commissioner's Office. The ICO has repeatedly made clear that it believes that Street View includes the safeguards necessary to protect people's privacy," said a Google spokesman.
I don't know what the fuss is all about. It's totally harmless!! I often Google my ex's addresses just to see if I can see them sunbathing in their gardens.