Google removes images of Street View car stopped by police

A Street View car goes down a lane reserved for "buses, bicycles and taxis." Police stop it and have a stern chat with the driver. The images of the stop go live on Street View, only to be removed soon afterward.

It has always been a great reassurance to those who don't like their houses featured on Google Street View that they can ask Google nicely to have the image removed.

Perhaps it is now even more reassuring as Google seems to have asked itself nicely to have an image or two removed.

One of its highly sensitive Street View drivers was wafting through the streets of Bradford, England, when he decided to, amazingly, go where he shouldn't--a lane marked "bus/bicycle/taxi only."

Unfortunately, this decision was taken beneath the noses of police officers.

"Dear people of the world. We know how you feel!!!" CC Roberto Garcia/Flickr

I will now use the words of Chris Whiteoak, the chap who witnessed this whole affair and reported it to the Neatorama Web site, to describe what happened next.

He wrote: "The Google car sped off, went nearly the whole way round the block in busy Bradford city center (the police still following now with lights and siren on!), before eventually pulling into a car park...which just happened to be the car park to the old police station!!!"

Whiteoak was ordered by the officers to stop taking pictures. But, as any concerned citizen would, he burst on to Google Street View when it first launched in the U.K. to see whether the Street View camera car's pictures had made the cut. They had indeed.

Now some appear to have been removed.

For example, while the image of police picking up a reinforcement remain, one that showed the Street View car being pulled over appears to be no longer available.

Mr. Whiteoak told the Daily Mail: "'I think they must have taken them down quite recently."

One must conclude that someone at Google didn't like the perfectly legal photography taken by, um, someone at Google. How very odd.

 

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