Sunday, September 13, 2009

No CCTV Sunday #13 Google Street View

Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides for many streets in the world 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views from a row of positions along the street (one every approximately 10 or 20 metres), from a height of about 2.5 metres. It was launched on May 25, 2007, and has gradually expanded to include more cities, and in these cities more streets, and also some rural areas.

Privacy advocates have objected to this Google feature, pointing to views found to show men leaving strip clubs, protesters at an abortion clinic, sunbathers in bikinis, cottagers at public parks, people picking up prostitutes and people engaging in activities visible from public property in which they do not wish to be seen publicly. Google maintains that the photos were taken from public property.

Here are some funny but controversial images from Google Street View;

Google Street View - Climb

Google Street View - Burning House

Google Street View - Dogs Fight

Google Street View - Drunk

Google Street View - Car Crash

Google Street View - Strip Club

Google Street View - Adult Book Store

Google Street View - Sunbathing

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