Google's attempt to add the scenic English village of Broughton to Street View was foiled by angry villagers, the Guardian reports. Residents, fearing that internet closeups of their homes would be an invitation to burglars, formed a human barrier to block the Google camera car after being alerted by a neighbor and forcing it to retreat.
"How dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?" asked one angry resident of the wealthy village, who sounded the alarm as soon as he saw the car with the tell-tale 360-degree camera on its roof. Google says people are entitled to have photos of their homes removed from Street View—but only after the pictures have appeared.