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Thai Villagers Capture and Question Google Street View Driver They Thought Was in Disguise

Don't mess with Thailand.
Blocked. (Photo: Flickr)

Blocked. (Photo: Flickr)

Here’s one way to fight for your privacy against Google: 20 Thai residents recently decided to band together and block a camera-equipped Street View vehicle from rolling through their town.

The incident happened in Sa-eab village, a town 400 miles north of Bangkok. The villagers thought that Google was taking pictures of an area where a much-derided dam project was being built. So, the group grabbed the driver, took him to a local office and questioned him. They also made the driver swear on a statue of Buddha that he wasn’t working on the dam project.

After realizing their mistake, villagers released the driver and apologized to him and Google. They even released a statement, according to the AP:

“(We) apologize to the official, to Google, as well as to the Thai people throughout the nation and to the citizens of the world,” the villagers’ representatives wrote. They explained that they were “extremely worried and there had been so many repeated cases that convinced the villagers to believe someone was trying to survey the area in disguise.”

It’s unclear whether or not the statement was posted on the group’s Google Plus page.

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