Google faces 'Street View block'


Skodster 13 902 Ireland
7 Jul 2008 8:14AM
I couldn't decide whether or not to put this in 'General photographic discussion' instead as there are serious ramafications for us photographers in this.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7488524.stm

The Information Commissioner is being involved in a decision as to whether or not Google are allowed to come to the UK and photograph streets for their new 'Street view' facility. The problem is that of showing peoples faces and the prospect of people being caught on camera for posterity in potentially compromising circumstances. The Commissioner has commented;

"In our view they need a person's consent if they make use of a person's face for commercial ends,"

So, if you are a wedding photographer for instance, and there are 'innocent bystanders' in the background, are you breaking a law? Those photo's are certainly for commercial gain.

The counter argument is that the peoples faces aren't actually being used for commercial gain, it's the street being used for commercial gain and the people just happen to be there.

Anyway, there is a can of the wriggliest worms about to be opened that will have far reaching consequences in terms of commercial photography.

What's your view?

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Henchard 14 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 8:20AM

Quote:
What's your view?



same as it was in the previous thread where it was discussed
agoreira 16 6.0k Wales
7 Jul 2008 8:22AM
"In our view they need a person's consent if they make use of a person's face for commercial ends,"

What about all the people in the crowd at Wimbledon, football matches etc, all clearly recognisable, and all being beamed all over the world on TV for a profit? Any different?
VolcanoCowboy 13 157 England
7 Jul 2008 10:13AM

Quote:What about all the people in the crowd at Wimbledon, football matches etc, all clearly recognisable, and all being beamed all over the world on TV for a profit? Any different?


For events like these, there is usually something written in the small print on the back of the ticket or signs up around the areas saying words to the effect of "by attending you consent to your face being displayed on TV". I'm sure I've seen this sort of thing at concerts broadcast on TV/recorded for DVD before now.
looboss 13 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 10:32AM
Peoples faces HA! don't make me laugh what people want to hide is their sins Smile

Many will want to hide their moments of lewdness, their criminal activities, their lies, their insecurities, their vulnerabilities, their imperfections, etc all of which can be caught on camera and used in evidence against them Smile

Afraid of loosing control of a life that is already controlled by big brother?

On the biometric chip on your official ID there is a disclaimer that your image may be used by the powers that be to what ever end it may suit them and/or can be sold to third parties if so required, of course you cant read it and no one has told you, so what control have you got over your so called image? its not truly yours its on the public domain, so whether you like or lump it, you better get used to it and move on, cause the days of true anonymity are well behind us and gone for ever, don't let a red herring privacy law distract you from that knowledge.

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