Street View UK is here to stay, says boss of Google MapsMike Harvey, Technology Correspondent, in San Francisco despite protests and formal complaints that accompanied its introduction in Britain last month. Google will continue to take pictures of the streets of Britain and put them online for its controversial Street View mapping service, the head of Google Maps has told The Times.

The company’s camera-equipped cars have been travelling around British streets since last year. The cars take images only on public roads and produce a seamless panoramic view of a particular street on a particular day.

Street View automatically blurs out images of people’s faces and car registrations, although the technology is not perfect. Anyone wishing to have images removed can contact Google which says most requests are processed within hours. Read more at the TimesOnLine.