"If a community doesn't want google street views of their neighborhoods then they have a nice little legal option.
They can 'privatize' their streets and neighborhoods making it unlawful for google to run their street view vehicles around the neighborhoods. If google does this, then you can nail them for criminal tresspas or legally order them to remove the street view from that neighborhood."
This is the UK we're talking about and you can't "privatise" your street here. On a public right of way you, Google and any other person or organisation have the right to take photographs from there. There's already plenty of what might be described as "geolocated photography" on the internet so why is everybody picking on Google? Because of the current media frenzy.
Futhermore as a tool for casing a joint Google Earth/Maps, Live Earth, Multimap and all the rest are potential more useful as they show you things you can't see from the public highway. These images, therefore, have more potential to invade your privacy.
The only issue with this is of course that the imagery is mostly hopelessly out of date. I'm currently sitting in a building in an English city centre and the images on Google Earth of this whole city are very nearly seven years old. Where I live about 8 miles away the images are more up to date, they are a year newer!
So in conclusion I think this is all a case of PI and a whole load of other dickheads having a kneejerk reaction to something that's in the media spotlight, rather than thinking for a second.
Think you can stop Google (or anybody else) taking a picture of your house from above? How are you going to get rid of all those aeria Google Earth via Panaromio. What can you do to stop that?
And while we're at it hadn't we better ban the Ordnance Survey and AtoZ and all those other mapping companies who may help people find our houses. When is it all going to stop?
Probably when you take off your tinfoil hat.