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Friday, June 13, 2008

Columbus is Clueless

In Columbus, Ohio, one of the new Street View cities, 36-year-old Carla Sue Boswell and her three children were found playing at their house on Google Maps Street View in nearby Grove City, as reported by local NBC 4 WCMH.

There are many things wrong with this.

  1. Instead of referring to Google Maps at its appropriate address, they claim the website is called, which is clearly incorrect.
  2. Carla doesn't need to be worried, since the images of her children were not only low-resolution, but their faces were blurred.
  3. It's interesting how many children in Columbus were found on Google Maps Street View playing outside their house by their concerned parents.
  4. They are redundant in their previous article, where they ask the same question people have been asking for the past year, and they ask the same question twice.
  5. In that same article, instead of interviewing the parent directly (he wasn't home), they interviewed his neighbor, whose home "was also photographed."
  6. NBC 4's Amy Basista was explaining how Street View worked, and said that zooming in enlarges the picture, which is incorrect, since the imagery is no longer high-resolution.
What's the point of all this? Well, it shows how paranoid many people are, and their assumptions are often false. What should we do about it? Well, Google's done much about it already. They've done the face-blur feature, and the low resolution, which is plenty safe.
So there is still no need to worry over Street View capturing images of people, since those people are made anonymous.

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