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Washington - Privacy Concern Raised Over New Google Maps

Published on: June 19, 2012 11:00 AM
By: AP

Google/AP" title="0607-google-maps_full_600" width="512" height="341" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-108238" />Washington - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking Google Maps to blur out images of people in its newest data collection, which includes photographs from planes.

The New York Democrat calls them “spy planes” and says they’re powerful enough to collect images of people at their homes, perhaps while sunbathing in the backyard. He wants the images blurred and the right for people to opt out of being shown.

A Google spokeswoman says the images are not sharp resolution and there is no need to blur the pictures. She also says there’s no need to provide an option to be deleted from images because the resolution isn’t clear enough to identify individuals.



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 Jun 19, 2012 at 01:24 PM Want my privacy back Says:

I've definitely recognized people in Google images. They SHOULD be blurred out.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM jj235 Says:

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Want my privacy back Says:

I've definitely recognized people in Google images. They SHOULD be blurred out.

They are talking about the satellite view, not street view, which is what you are apparently referring to. Street view already does, and always has, blurred out faces and license plates.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM Respect Says:

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Want my privacy back Says:

I've definitely recognized people in Google images. They SHOULD be blurred out.

This isn't Google Images and it isn't Google Streetview. Google doesn't host images in Google Images, this is a search engine pulling from other sites so they aren't responsible for the content. Google Streetview contains images captured in public, where there is no legal presumption of privacy. Schumer is talking about a brand new project Google is working on where they augment their satellite imagery with images taken from lower flying planes. What Schumer isn't appreciating is that these planes are using cameras built to capture color and architectural imagery for use in 3D modelling. It is HIGHLY unlikely that they will capture anything identifiable regarding individual people, one would need very different equipment for that.

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 Jun 19, 2012 at 07:04 PM Phil E Stein Says:

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Want my privacy back Says:

I've definitely recognized people in Google images. They SHOULD be blurred out.

There is definitely one person who should be blurred out and that is U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

That man would sell his own booba just to gain an extra scintilla of free publicity.

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