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Aug252008

Google Street View trespasses into California’s Humboldt County

CNET reports that Google Street View service apparently thinks your “no trespassing” and “private road” signs are just for decoration. The service, which gives Web users a driver’s perspective of hundreds of cities around the world, has raised the ire of residents who say the images are an invasion of their privacy. Now residents in California’s Humboldt County are complaining that the drivers who are hired to collect the images are disregarding private property signs and driving up private roads.

In an episode reported recently by the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, a Street View driver cruised past two “no trespassing” signs to collect images of a residence that is 1,200 feet from the public road.

“It isn’t just a privacy issue; it is a trespassing issue, with their own photos as evidence,” resident Betty Webb told the newspaper. “They really went off the track to get to our address.”

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