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There has been a lot of press coverage relating to potential infringements of individuals’ privacy following the launch of Google Street View.  So far, this is only available in the US, but it is due to be launched in other European countries and Google camera cars have been seen in the UK.  I would be concerned, as many are, that face blurring technology is not enough to disguise people and that it would be possible to identify individuals despite these measures.  Also, I’d be concerned that Google may continue to hold images with the faces of passers by/number plates etc. unblurred, or would at least hold these images for a limited period until the face blurring technology can be applied.    This would be a particular concern for people who have a good reason to keep their location secret, for example people who have fled a violent relationship or witnesses to violent crimes.  As Google has already discovered, the whole project is a potential minefield!  I imagine that groups such as Liberty would also be concerned about Street View, though a quick look at their website hasn’t uncovered anything on this.  It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, particularly if there are further legal actions against Google.


Well it is, so there!

I love Google Maps!  I’ve already had a play around with this in the past, but hadn’t had a good look at our house in Honley.  Looking at it now I’ve realised that this photo was taken ages ago as the extension isn’t shown and that was built (by the previous occupants) in 2004!  So the photo must be at least 5 years old, which surprised me, I would have thought that Google would update more regularly than that, but I suppose the world is a big place!  Here’s the link if you want to have a look.,-4.064941&sspn=18.388688,37.617188&ie=UTF8&ll=53.597241,-1.800116&spn=0.001081,0.002296&t=h&z=19&iwloc=addr

I seem to have hit a bad time for viewing Google Moon, Mars etc. – I waited a while and nothing happened, but I will try again another time.  Also, Google Maps didn’t like me asking for directions from Huddersfield to Madrid, but did later allow me to ask how to get from Honley to Cheadle Hulme in Stockport (where my parents live).  Google Maps reckoned it would take roughly 52 minutes which is pretty accurate, snow and fog permitting.


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