Google Street View is an extension of the functionality of google maps that lets users see the view they’d get if they were actually walking down a street. Spotting sunbathers, crimes in progress and other goings on within Street View has become a bit of a cult activity.
In the UK there’s been a bit of a backlash against Google Street View but, just yesterday, it was given the go-ahead by the Information Commissioner, who had been reviewing the service in light of UK privacy laws and a complaint from Privacy International.
In the US, court papers have been released which, critics say, demonstrate "Google’s hypocrisy" after the company claimed that "complete privacy doesn’t exist" – quite the opposite to it’s normal statements that Google "takes privacy very seriously".
As for the guy in the Google Street View car, I reckon he’s been photographed before – he didn’t seem to take any notice at all of me standing there snapping away.