Items tagged with Google Street View

Back in July, a collaboration between Google and Royal Caribbean International resulted in a virtual tour, through Google Street View, that showed the various decks of the Allure of the Seas. The Google Street View team has also created virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Now, users will be able to see the beauty and wonders of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Google has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute and Tanzania National Parks which has allowed the Google Street View team to be invited to the park and has collected thousands of 360 degree images in various locations.... Read more...
Google Street View just recently launched in Germany. It's possible to opt out of Street View, and in Germany, 244,000 did, asking Google to remove their residences from the service. Not, however, this naked guy in a car trunk. This image appeared shortly after the service launched, in 20 German cities. Although being posted around the Web as "Naked German Guy in trunk," it's possible it was just a hot day and he got on skimpy shorts or swim trunks. Later, Google blurred the image out. The dog in the picture probably was happy, as his owner was embarrassing him.... Read more...
Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors. "Unfortunately, Google didn't follow the rules," said the person, who requested anonymity because... Read more...
Many have expressed concern over the privacy aspects of Google's Street View.  Although Google is now allowing anyone to report identifiable faces, license plates, etc., which Google will then zap, Canadian privacy law may not be satisfied by the "zap process." Canadian law obliges businesses wishing to disclose personal information about individuals to first obtain their consent. Stoddart said pictures of people on Street View were clear enough to be considered personal information. "The images ... appear to have been collected... Read more...