Naked child on Street View sparks outcry

The Street View car also ran over a deer
The Street View car also ran over a deer

Google has been forced to take down a huge number of images from its recently announced UK Street View service after members of the public were upset at pictures taken by the Google car.

The main 'talking point' came about when an image of a naked toddler was captured at a family picnic in London. Some media outlets have suggested that the presence of such images could lead to more 'sinister' purposes.

Other pictures taken down included people leaving noted sex shops, and drunken revellers vomiting in the street as umbrage was apparently taken with the state of Britain being shown online.

The ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair's house was removed, as well as images of Downing St, presumably in case of a terrorist attack, despite it being a public street that's regularly photographed by tourists.


The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has said that there will be an investigation into the service should more naked children appear, despite Google maintaining that Street View is nothing more than a snapshot of life taken last summer.

A spokesperson from the Information Commissioner's Office told TechRadar: "We've been assured the correct safeguards have been put in place, although if people are concerned [over their privacy] they can raise those with us.

"We don't think Google have put in any specific targets [related to the amount of faces that must be blurred] although it must be a proportionate level, one where people's privacy and personal information is not put at risk.

"Of course, if anyone has any concerns they can contact us and we will look into it."

Google has also pointed out that any issues the public has with the images can click on the 'report concern' link at the bottom left of the screen, and it will act promptly to withdraw any pictures that are causing users distress.

Via The Independent

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

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