Google Earth


I believe this was only fully launched today, Ive spent the last hour taking a tour up every road in my area to see was anyone I know caught on the camera.


Fantastic old posts

Very surprised by the amount of roads they’ve covered. I was expecting Dublin only.

Still don’t trust google or their motives.



Well they’ve ventured up every backroad in my remote part of the country anyway. My oul lad is still afraid they’ll catch him burning rubbish some day, he always does it under the cover of darkness incase they’re watching, as he says himself.


Fantastic old posts

Those cars that were taking the photos were also collecting wifi and ip address data. No if they wanted, they could pin point an ip adress to an exact location.



Can you prove that?



:o Its pretty intrusive in fairness the amount of information Google has gathered on us all with little or no fuss…




I heard that lad on the radio this morning, he followed the google car around baring his arse for the camera!!







That was Germany



Yes and Spain and France.
They would hardly get caught doing it here. Like any Government agency here is going to touch one of the biggest employing multi Nationals in the country.



So you can’t prove they did it here then?



I can.
All their cars were fitted with the same software, so if it was “accidentally” collecting private data in Germany, it was “accidentally” doing it here.



Can you prove that?



I’d almost take Runts word for it here. This is Google were on about. They pride themselves on knowing EVERYTHING.



Indeed, I told them about your dessie and his rubbish burning too. Man rubbish is a trash word. Barrup.



Paranoid Runt is spoofing away here - leave him on



Ah he’s right. As I type google are recording my keystrokes. wiebviwebviheb, that’ll confuse them, ha ha google.




Google in ‘significant breach’ of UK data laws
3 November 2010

Google Street View car in Amsterdam Google grabbed wi-fi data to help with location-based services

There was a “significant breach” of the Data Protection Act when Google collected personal data via its Street View cars, the UK’s Information Commissioner has ruled.

But Google will not face a fine or any punishment, Christopher Graham added.

Instead, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will audit Google’s data protection practices.

The move marks a U-turn for the ICO which originally ruled that no data breach had occurred.

Last week the ICO vowed to look again at the evidence, after the Canadian data agency found the search giant in breach of its law.

Its decision was welcomed by MP Robert Halfon, who has been critcial of the ICO and of Google, which he recently accused of deliberately collecting the data for commercial gain.

However, he said that action had come too late.

"The ICO failed to act when it should have done, despite the fact that Google staged a significant infringement of privacy and civil liberties, by harvesting millions of e-mails, wi-fi addresses, and passwords.

“Furthermore, the ICO has already proved that it lacks the technical expertise to audit Google’s activity. What confidence can we have in their audit now? People feel powerless.”

The ICO said it “strongly refutes” Mr Halfon’s suggestion that it did not have “the necessary expertise to audit” Google.

“We have a team of experienced and qualified auditors who regularly check organisations compliance with data protection requirements.”

Mr Graham said Google must delete the data - collected from unsecured wi-fi networks - “as soon as it is legally cleared to do so”.

Google has apologised for collecting the data, which it said had been done by mistake.

‘Profoundly sorry’

Google has been the subject of scrutiny from data protection agencies around the world, following news that software in its Street View cars collected personal information.
Images from Oberstaufen Street View has been under scrutiny in Germany

This was revealed following a request from the German data commissioner to audit all the data being collected by Street View cars.

Google discovered that, along with legitimate data about the location of wi-fi hotspots, the cars were also hoovering up personal details from unsecured networks, known as payload data.

Peter Fleischer, Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, said the firm was “profoundly sorry for mistakenly collecting payload data in the UK”.

Google said it happened as the result of code written by one of its engineers being mistakenly incorporated in the Street View software.

“Since we announced our mistake in May we have co-operated closely with the ICO and worked to improve our internal controls,” said Mr Fleischer.

“We are in the process of confirming that there are no outstanding legal obligations upon us to retain the data, and will then ensure that it is quickly and safely deleted.”

‘Serious violation’

It announced recently that it would appoint a head of privacy and ensure that all its engineering teams followed strict privacy protocols.

New impetus was given to the UK enquiry, which had originally ruled that no significant breach had occurred, following harsh criticisms of Google from the Canadian authorities.

Last month it found that the search giant had breached its privacy laws.

“This incident was a serious violation of Canadian’s privacy rights,” privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart concluded.

But she said that no further action would be taken if Google tightened its privacy policies.


Street View is now available in around 20 countries and allows uses to walk through towns and cities using photos taken by the Street View cars.

Anyone wishing to have an image removed can request this from Google.

But there is a growing backlash against the service, following complaints from people that their privacy was breached when the photos were taken.

In Germany, where Google is imminently rolling out a service, the government forced it to allow people to opt out of the service before pictures went live.

Italy has asked it to give citizens notice before starting mapping operations while the Czech Republic has banned it from taking any more pictures.



Thats the UK Runt, we live in Ireland, IRELAND