Google Blurs Faces

4 07 2008

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.



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