The roll-out of Google's Street View service in the UK has been okayed by the UK's privacy watchdog.

The service has been threatened by Privacy International, a global rights group based in the UK, that believed the technology - that links to Google Maps and gives users a street level view of towns - broke data protection laws.

But, the Information Commissioner said it was "satisfied" that Google had added enough safeguards - like blurring faces and number plates - to ensure people's privacy was protected.

The statement said: "Although it is possible that in certain limited circumstances an image may allow the identification of an individual, it is clear that Google are keen to capture images of streets and not individuals".