The Week: Media news - Google faces privacy battle

Separately, a privacy watchdog is threatening to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office about Google's new Street View technology, which allows users to look up addresses and see photographs of the locations rather than a map.

However, Privacy International, which campaigns for people's rights to privacy, has raised issues with the technology used because bystanders caught in shot are not asked whether they give their permission to be photographed. Google is developing technology that will blur people's faces out, but Privacy International has given Google until Friday to provide it with technical specifications, otherwise it will lodge a complaint with the ICO.