English Villagers Block Google Contractor From Taking Pictures for Street View

Britain has lots of surveillance cameras keeping watch on its streets, but for the villagers of Broughton, the roving eye of Google was one camera too far.

A gaggle of residents in the affluent hamlet in southern England formed a human chain to turn away a car shooting images for Google Street View. That's the popular service that allows Internet users to see high-quality photos of houses and streets around the world.

Broughton's resistance is the latest sign of concern about the collection of vast amounts of data from satellite photos on Google Earth to the searches performed by Internet users and the shopping habits of e-mail users.

The local police force confirms it was called to the village Wednesday by reports of a dispute between a crowd of people and a Google Street View contractor they felt was intruding on their privacy.