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Claire Bates
UK Daily Mail
Friday, March 20, 2009

Google today removed dozens of pictures from its new Street View service because of privacy concerns.

Areas of cities across Britain have been ‘blacked out’ leaving a blank screen after complaints from homeowners or people captured by Google’s cameras.

Images removed include several homes, and one picture showing a man emerging from a sex shop in Soho, central London.

Street View contains millions of pictures of London and other cities, allowing users to zoom in on homes, sometimes even through windows.

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One removed image is of a man vomiting outside a pub in Shoreditch, east London.

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The screen now just says: ‘This image is no longer available.’

However, by changing the position from which the scene can be viewed, the Standard was easily able to view the man being sick but from a slightly different angle.

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This article was posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 at 5:18 am





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