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It was kind of inevitable that at least one of El Reg's tireless Google Orwellian black Opel spotters would, in the line of duty, end up nailed on Street View. To recap, we asked readers to supply photographic evidence of the search monolith's privacy-busting activities around the UK, which we slapped into our Web 0.2 …


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  1. TeeCee Gold badge

    Nice use of the autoblur.

    Obscuring the "Magners" sign while leaving the face next to it fully visible as it does.

    Have Magners not paid their Google tax this week or something? Hmmm, no "sponsored link" when googling "magners", maybe this is Google Blackmail 0.1 (Beta) at work?

  2. Sam York

    So, given his name

    was he looking for all spycars great and small then?


  3. Alex

    Who is watching the Watchmen

    :o) So the watching are being watched.


    Mine's the one with 1984 in the pocket

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    And still

    Google appear to be giving Stoke-on-Trent a wide berth. Take a look at the map if you don't believe me...

    "OK, we'll just go up the middle of the country and, oh, Stoke-on-Trent, err, perhaps we'll go round there..."

  5. Jamie Kephalas

    I too saw the one located in the...

    ... Shell(?) garage in Ascot!

    I almost feel famous...

    Seriously, how long is this going to last?

  6. Anonymous Coward


    Thought he was wearing a giant pink wizard's hat in the first photo...

  7. Stephen Hunt
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    nice game...

    Here is my entry:,-0.082144&spn=0,359.968843&z=15&layer=c&cbll=51.511709,-0.082143&panoid=nbYd3w2HXsL7JxgEs2GRRQ&cbp=12,146.91199154301108,,2,5.495867768595048


  8. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    The circle feels incomplete. We need a further set of images taken by a third party, which include both the Google car and The Register's photographer, and a further set of images that include the Google car, The Register's photographer, and the third party, and a further set of images ad infinitum, until everyone is recorded. At which point the earth will disappear in a blazing, blinding flash of light, like V'Ger from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    If only The Register's photographer had held up a mirror. Or a sign with "WHY?" written on it. Either of those things might have caused Google to blow up, like in that episode of The Prisoner with the computer, you know the one.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    I was thinking about this....

    and why are the Police not up in arms about this ,since they seem to delight in bullying individual

    photographers who take photos of public buildings ?. Oh yes I get it, the bully police only bully the small people and Google are to big for them as they would probably retaliate and win.

  10. Patrick O'Reilly


    I want to see where the guy from google drove by then doubled back to take a leak down a lane.

    twas on here a while ago.

    and why isn't there a google favicon???

  11. mittfh

    Google, meet Google.

    Found on the BBC News website, here's 3 Gulson Road, Coventry:

  12. Joe K


    Dave Gorman spotted himself on it yesterday, much to the web-loving comedians delight:

  13. Dean
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    @ Jamie Kephalas

    Esso, not Shell.

  14. Anonymous Coward

    Wave for the camera!,-0.082586&panoid=2ej0NL6WUHWaX9sEaLDmcg&cbp=12,195.43699154301262,,1,19.720867768595056&ll=51.511574,-0.08244&spn=0,359.961376&t=h&z=15

    haha. Ive only seen the google car once. And it was parcked up with the camera down :(

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    is it just me

    Or is Googles face blurring scheme becoming increasingly shit?? Seems to me there are more faces being seen and more hands/partial signs/etc/etc being blurred.

  16. evilbobthebob

    @ And Still...

    Well, what do you expect? A street view of Stoke would just be like that entertaining pic from London, but on 80% of streets...

  17. jake Silver badge

    Wave? Hell no ...

    When they came thru' Sonoma, CA I managed to flip 'em the bird ... I was quite surprised to find myself when I went to look a couple weeks later. There I was, lovingly placed, center-frame, middle digit extended. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to find it ... I don't want the gootwats pulling the pic :-)

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    @ Wave for the camera!

    Instead of looking at the camera, I would have been checking out that blond

    in the flowered turquoise dress. Ugly shoes though.

    Funny, in all these pictures, there are not a lot of fat people in the UK.

    Is this normal in Europe? I live in the US.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    >>why isn't there a google favicon???

    The Google favicon is something different.

    Incidentally, I hate the Google favicon.

    Failed to find anything interesting on Streetview UK myself, though googleflying down Eversholt Street I came across a guy sleeping on a bench in the middle of the day, while just across the street a candid shot of a young schoolgirl excitedly peering into the darkened windows of an "adult entertainment" establishment.

  20. W

    @ @ Wave for the camera!

    ...and on the other side of the street, it's the actual Orange Google Street View Man himself! And his girlfriend. Hanging around outside a wine lodge.

  21. Sceptical Bastard

    Eversholt Street?

    AC wrote: "a candid shot of a young schoolgirl excitedly peering into the darkened windows of an "adult entertainment" establishment."

    Link, man! Gissus the link!

  22. raving angry loony

    watching the watcher watchers

    Who watches? These people watch the watchmen:

    and are in turn watched by the watchmen watcher watchers, who are in turn watched...

  23. Anonymous Coward

    Snapper snap thyself

    In Belgrave Road London near Victoria station and Hugh St nearby, they were obviously hunting in pairs and managed to photograph each other...

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Google captures Googlecar

    In the same view as the earlier post the car photographs itself reflected in a shop window.,-0.082143&panoid=nbYd3w2HXsL7JxgEs2GRRQ&cbp=12,269.9542079719255,,2,5.670867768595075&ll=51.511619,-0.082144&spn=0,359.961376&z=15

  25. Ben Cockburn

    And another,-4.064941&sspn=21.245077,67.675781&ie=UTF8&ll=54.998727,-1.553063&spn=0.005016,0.020599&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=54.998648,-1.552958&panoid=w1j0QT-S1_D1aN5ar9AflA&cbp=12,238.13640096319324,,2,-5.869140624999992

  26. Anonymous Coward

    Tinfoil house

    I covered my house in tinfoil, this defeats all known Google-esque attempts at photography!

  27. Ray
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    playmobil privacy

    here is my shot of google car:

    and here is google car shot of me:

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Help I'm stuckin a loop...


    They are easy to catch when you see em turn into a dead end estate...

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Funny, in all these pictures, there are not a lot of fat people in the UK.

    'Is this normal in Europe?'

    It's normal in the world.. its Americans who are 'abnormal' ie typically fat. generally its why they are easy to spot...

  30. David Ramsden

    Do Google SpyMobile drivers read El Reg?

    Title says it all...

  31. Anonymous Coward
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    RE: Do Google SpyMobile drivers read El Reg?

    Yes. We are one. We are Google.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    No Streetview just Virtual Earth "Bird's eye"

    We don't have Street View in this part of Canada (not sure if it's anywhere here) but imagine my surprise when I was looking up a phone number on canada411 and clicked on Bird's eye of in the Virtual Earth map in the sidebar. I wondered why there was a helicopter and then a few different planes circling endlessly a while back....

    Had to look up my number and see what there was.

    The picture isn't high enough resolution to see if it's me, or one of my kids in the shots, but there are people in the driveway. The pix look to have been taken in a couple of different seasons, three views seem to be from the same shoot in the summer and the fourth looks like it was earlier in the year.

    I had to look up family in Ontario and there aren't any pictures even though they are close to Toronto. I'm in British Columbia and I assume it's our proximity to Redmond that gets us noticed.

    Bit different to Streetview but the same privacy issues I'm sure.

    Hey, I can see your house from here.

    AC so you can't see me not taking picures of the unblack helicopter.

  33. Joel

    How irritating is that?

    Caught a beauty of the google car in Saltaire. Streetview stops half a street away....

    Presumably I'll have to wait for the next update of coverage....

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Spotted in Crewe, Cheshire

    Google car spotted in Crewe on 11 March: and

  35. Stacy Anne Alexeief


    Everyone here knows that Britain is already a "surveillance" society, with more cameras everywhere than any other country. You're a step away from Orwell's "1984" cameras inside your homes. So Google taking pictures offends you how? It's more like a whore crying rape, when the real cry should be "dining & ditching" ... you Brits just want to be paid for being snapped by a private company, although Google may well become the framework for a world government someday!!

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