Google counters European privacy laws by blurring faces for Street View service

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Google counters European privacy laws by blurring faces for Street View service

Antony Savvas

Google is countering European privacy laws over its forthcoming Street View service by blurring the faces of people caught by its cameras, reports the Guardian.

Street View is expected to launch in Europe later this year, and adds street-level pictures to the search engine's existing Google Maps service.

Street View launched in the US a year ago, with a fleet of Google recording vans trawling the streets of more than 20 US cities to capture pavement views.

The Street View service for New York's busy Manhattan has just been launched and includes blurred pedestrians' faces, to address the concerns of privacy campaigners, reports the Guardian.

Similar Google recording vans have already been spotted in Paris, and London is expected to be visited by them soon.

A Google spokesman told the newspaper, "We will not launch in Europe until we are comfortable Street View complies with local law.

"We will use technology like face-blurring and image-removal tools so that Street View remains useful and in keeping with local norms."

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