Google has decided, for privacy reasons, to blur the faces and car license plates of people/vehicles shown on their French StreetView service.
StreetView is an enhancement to Google Maps, allowing users to navigate through a continuous panoramic street-level photograph of a location. The French edition, launched Thursday, covers only a small—but very special—subset of French streets: the route of the famous Tour de France cycle race.
In the U.S., StreetView offers near-complete coverage of the streets of a number of cities. It raised privacy concerns when it launched there, as people who never expected to be photographed found their movements displayed to a worldwide audience.