Huntingdon next in line for Google's new mapping website

THE roving eye of Google s Street View camera car has now been spotted in Huntingdon. Eagle-eyed Jason Patel, of Mayfield Crescent, contacted The Hunts Post after seeing the Google camera car coming out of Poplar Close. He made the sighting on Thursday (J

THE roving eye of Google's Street View camera car has now been spotted in Huntingdon.

Eagle-eyed Jason Patel, of Mayfield Crescent, contacted The Hunts Post after seeing the Google camera car coming out of Poplar Close.

He made the sighting on Thursday (June 11) just before 9am as he left for work -less than a week after the cameras were snapping St Neots.

The cameras have caused controversy in some parts of the world, with people claiming the photographs - used for Google's Street View facility - are invasion of privacy and could aid criminals.


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Mr Patel, an IT systems administrator, said people should not be concerned.

"I have no issue with the system myself. I have used it to look at the outside of a friend's house in Bristol to make it easier to identify before driving there for the first time.

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"People say these images could be used for terrorism or planning robberies. But any criminal can easily walk down these public places and take photos in more detail."

The car was spotted in Great North Road and Nelson Road, Eaton Socon on Friday, June 5.

Google Street View was launched in April and has already gone live in 25 British towns. It allows people to view 360 degree, street-level imagery and take a virtual walk around a town.

Images of people captured by Google are blurred so faces cannot be recognised. The same blurring is applied to vehicle number plates.

The images captured in Huntingdon and the Eatons could be available to view on the internet within months.

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