I don’t use Google Maps much, and streetview even less, but I was surprised to find out just how bad it is for privacy, I like most people assumed that it’s auto blurring technology would be pretty good, otherwise how could they be allowed to take photos of the entire country, surely the UK Information Commissioner’s Office would not have ruled that it didn’t breach the Data Protection Act if there were peoples faces or licences plates clearly visible.
The images below were captured from streetview when I was looking at the location of a rude word recently found by The Sun, in under three minutes I discovered these, with more time I’m sure I would have found more.
The above images clearly show the faces of two people and a readable license plate, to be fair it did blur the dog so it wouldn’t be recognised. I would guess that the faces were not blurred because the software has trouble identifying elderly faces, but if there is a problem with Googles software why would they roll out streetview and keep adding new imagery if it wasn’t reliable, especially with the current public concerns, Google have had a long time to get this right since streetview was first released and I am very dissapointed that they obviously still don’t take the public’s privacy seriously.
I know people can ask for images removed, but that really isn’t the point as I have mentioned in previous posts.