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Woman Exposing Her Breasts Highlights Privacy Concerns Of Google Street View

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The European Union’s data protection supervisor Peter Hustinx has joined the growing chorus of calls on Google to beware the pitfalls of its street-level photographic mapping service for Google Maps.

He told reporters that Street View should not be allowed to display photos of EU citizens on the site as Google faces problems in the U.S., where it is currently compiling street-level images of 30 cities and has been brought to task and even sued by people ranging from those snapped sunbathing, coming out of a sex shop, falling off their bikes and flashing the cameras.

Google Street View

Google has said that it is currently working on ways to automatically blur the faces of anyone their lenses snap so as to preserve their privacy (and, in some cases, their modesty); though with one couple having sued the company simply because their house was photographed it could become a more troublesome privacy area in the future.

Google Street View

The company has already removed certain street-level photographs at the request of the Pentagon for reasons of national security – photographs outlining approach routes to military and critical instillations, for example.

The idea of street level mapping is welcomed by many drivers however, as it adds another layer to navigation by satellite mapping that is quite useful to many drivers.

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    Christopher1 , May 16, 2008 5:46 PM
    Here's a better idea than deleting or blurring pictures: get over the stupidity that you don't want anyone to see your naked body, see you go into a sex shop, or see your boobs. Basically, reform our stupid sexual morality of today, and stop making like it is 'bad' to be seen going into a sex shop or exposing your body.
    We were BORN NAKED... time to realize there is nothing wrong with being SEEN naked.
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    DXRick , May 16, 2008 7:38 PM
    In the US, the female breast is worshiped by some, feared by many, and you must be at least 17 to see any movie that shows one. Who can forget the horror and outrage that Janet Jackson caused when her breast was exposed during the superbowl halftime show?

    Now we have Girls Gone Wild on Google Street View!!

    The horror. The horror.
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2008 7:55 PM
    Hey Christopher1 -- I'll take an action item and get right on that. Wait, how exactly am I supposed to social and cultural values of millions of people again?

    maybe you should just not worry about it and instead let time take its course. yeah that sounds easier.
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    branson , May 16, 2008 8:13 PM
    41.547412,-87.642495
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    JonnyDough , May 16, 2008 8:51 PM
    I can just see the laughs at Google when their statistics show that a large percentage of users keep zooming in on a stadium where two bald headed men are sitting beside each other.
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2008 10:18 PM
    Many more like this here:

    http://streetviewgallery.corank.com
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    aznguy0028 , May 17, 2008 1:20 AM
    nice!
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2008 5:45 AM
    If you are out in public, then deal with it. I love using it to search neighborhoods when looking for a new house to buy!
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    robojocks , May 17, 2008 6:57 AM
    ha ha ha. Some stupid girl shows her breats off in public and google is invading her privacy? There are all kinds of laws about taking photos of people now. In australia if you take a photo of a girl sun baking will get a conviction. If your busting to go to the toilet and there aren't any toilets around the police can put you in jail for doing your business. I suppose it keeps the courts busy and keeps some people employed.
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2008 7:49 AM
    Who keeps modding the comments down are you afraid of boobs. Lighten up.
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2008 7:40 PM
    If you do something in public, people in public will see it. Get over it.
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    nukemaster , May 17, 2008 10:09 PM
    So she flashes the street view car and gets made famous on the net. Funny.

    Street view is a great idea.
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2008 1:04 AM
    We need more street view. Maybe then the puritanical prudes will do like many have, and take responsibility for their actions, or just not care.

    OMG boobs! We're all going to die now.
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    davidgbailey , May 18, 2008 1:15 AM
    I saw around 60,000 pairs of boobs in the first two months of getting online. OMG! Like, I've got to see more(sarcastic).... doesn't it get boring at some point? Why is it news?
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    jalek , May 18, 2008 9:40 PM
    EU citizens wouldn't seem so likely to complain.

    Then again, if they catch some 16 year old changing into a bathing suit in a European country, would Google then be producing and distributing illegal material under US law?

    I guess it would depend on what angle the camera had, how old the prosecutor was, who was president, and if the media had other things to focus on at the time. Gotta love subjective laws.
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    Conceptuweasel , May 19, 2008 5:00 AM
    I don't know how people can expect to have privacy while on public streets. No one seems to complain too much about tabloids with celebrities, but now that 'normal' people are being photographed it's a big deal? You have no expectation of privacy while in public places.

    I like the child porn idea though. That would be interesting.
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    Conceptuweasel , May 19, 2008 5:00 AM
    I don't know how people can expect to have privacy while on public streets. No one seems to complain too much about tabloids with celebrities, but now that 'normal' people are being photographed it's a big deal? You have no expectation of privacy while in public places.

    I like the child porn idea though. That would be interesting.
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    Conceptuweasel , May 19, 2008 5:00 AM
    I don't know how people can expect to have privacy while on public streets. No one seems to complain too much about tabloids with celebrities, but now that 'normal' people are being photographed it's a big deal? You have no expectation of privacy while in public places.

    I like the child porn idea though. That would be interesting.
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    Conceptuweasel , May 19, 2008 5:02 AM
    Sorry about the repeat posts. It kept saying Page Not Found.
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    Anonymous , May 19, 2008 7:37 AM
    Taking a picture of the outside of someone's house from the street for any use is perfectly legal, at least under US law. I don't know what the people who are suing Google are complaining about.
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