Angry residents of an English village blocked the driver of a Google Street View car who was filming the neighbourhood, saying they feared he would encourage burglaries, a report said.
One resident, Paul Jacobs, told the reporters he had alerted his neighbours after spotting the car from his window in Broughton, Buckinghamshire, southern England.
"I don't have a problem with Google wanting to promote villages. What I have a problem with is the invasion of privacy, taking pictures directly into the home," Jacobs said.
"I was determined to make a stand, so I called the police." After his call, a police car arrived in Broughton to reports of a dispute between a crowd of people and a Google Street View contractor.
The Google Street View project, set up this year in Britain, aims to provide detailed 360-degree views online of streets all over Britain.
The project has already been strongly criticised by associations like Privacy International, a pressure group which has launched legal action against the IT company.
Google is confident their new mapping project is within the law.
"Before launching Street View we sought the guidance and approval of the Information Commissioner's Office. The ICO has repeatedly made clear that it believes that Street View includes the safeguards necessary to protect people's privacy," a Google spokesman said.
He added: "Embarking on new projects, we sometimes encounter unexpected challenges, and Street View has been no exception."