All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Street View’

Google Will Pay Damages Over Street View Cleavage

Google is going to have to pay a Montreal woman a couple thousand dollars because Street View happened to capture her cleavage. A Canadian judge has ruled that Google owes Maria Pia Grillo $2,250 in damages (plus $159 in court fees) for causing her “shock and embarrassment”. As the story goes, Grillo was beside herself when she looked up her …

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Three Kidnapped Women Were Held At This House For 10 Years

By now, you’re well aware that three women were found safe after being held captive in a man’s basement for 10 years in Cleveland, OH. The story (and the unlikely hero) have captured the attention of the nation, but now people are beginning to ask questions. Why couldn’t police find these women after they went missing? Well, the house in …

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Google Dispatches Street View Cars to Sandy-Ravaged Areas, Some Residents Incensed

Is Google simply doing its job, and providing accurate Street View maps to its millions of users around the world? Or are they being incredibly insensitive? Some residents in Stalen Island are incensed over Google’s attempt to document the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The company has deployed a fleet of their Street View cars to snap shots of the …

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Google Street View Travels To The Arctic

Back in July, Google Street View went to the Antarctic and took some amazing pictures of the original research settlement on the continent. In August, Google traveled to the far north to complete its quest of mapping the frigid corners of the Earth. The Street View team got some amazing shots of the Canadian Arctic, and even compiled some shots …

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Google Street View Adds Brazil And Mayan Pyramids To Its Digital Vacation Destinations

Google’s Street View is one of the best things that the Internet enables. It allows those of us who can’t afford trips around the world to see what the rest of the world looks like. It’s gotten even better over the past year as Google began to add more exotic locales to Street View like the Amazon and Antarctica. This …

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Google Street View Car Caught in a Fender Bender

Statistically, if you drive a lot you naturally increase the odds that you’ll be in a car accident; it’s just one of those law of averages that you can’t avoid. Even the driverless cars are involved in accidents sometimes (when humans are involved). Google Street View cars are on the road a lot. They’ve put so many miles on the …

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Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom announced last week that it would be re-opening its inquiry of Google and its payload data-collecting Street View cars. In a letter sent to Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, ICO Head of Enforcement Steve Eckersley cited recent revelations that arose from the Federal Communication Commission’s investigation of the Street View cars’ …

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Google Street View To Go A-Rowing in the UK’s Canals

When Google Maps went offshore in order to put some Street View action on the Amazon River earlier this year, it signaled that Google was moving beyond the task collecting ground-level imagery of mere streets (despite the product’s name). At the Next Dimension conference earlier this month, Google Maps dignitaries showcased some of the advents they’ve been making with the …

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One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated]

Nobody really knows what kind of information Google obtained when it was collecting payload data as its Street View car drove around the neighborhoods of the world sponging up personal information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Speculation abounds about what exactly the Street View cars collected, everything from personal emails, passwords, browsing histories, IP addresses, telephone numbers, full names …

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UK Privacy Agency Reopens Inquiry into Google Street View Spying

Just when the fallout of the Google Street View spying fiasco appears to have subsided in the United States, evidence of Google having “deliberately captured” payload data from unsuspecting wi-fi users has prompted the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office to reopen its own investigation into Street View. The decision to revisit the Street View scandal comes as a result of …

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Google Street View Can Stay in Switzerland, but with Restrictions

Google was given the green light to continue driving its Street Cars around in Switzerland today, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, but the permission carries with it a series of regulations that Google must comply with in order to continue photographing the country. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled that Google could go on with its Street View …

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Here’s What Happens When Google Street View Can’t Map Narrow Belgian Streets

Last year, Google Street View took on Belgium, but there was a problem: The Google Street View cars couldn’t quite fit down some of the impossibly small Belgian streets. That meant that many of the smaller, older side streets were left off the radar. To help with this problem, Toyota Belgium came to the rescue (via Google Creative Sandbox Google+ …

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Google’s World Wonders Project Explores History

Google today has announced the launch of a new cultural project that allows users to explore historical sites around the world as if they were in those locations. The new World Wonders Project displays Street Views of historical landmarks around the world. The site currently features 132 historic sites around the world including Stonehenge, ancient Kyoto temples, and the Palace …

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Euro 2012 Stadiums: a Street View Preview

The European Championships, which start next week, are being co-hosted this year by Poland and Ukraine. Ukraine will host the final in the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev, and Poland will host the opening match in its brand-new National Stadium in Warsaw. Google announced today that soccer fans around the world can tour these venues, in addition to the …

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Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia

The Google Street View wi-fi spying scandal may have been quelled in the United States, but the fun’s just getting started in other parts of the world. Over the weekend, an independent privacy watchdog in United Kingdom launched an investigation into Google’s use of the Street View cars to sponge up information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Today, Australia’s …

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Google Accused of Stealing Info With Street View Cars

Independent British data protection watchdog Information Commissioner Office (ico.gov.uk) has launched an inquiry into accusations that Google is using Street View Cars to spy on residents of Great Britain. According to DailyMail, they are accused of downloading emails, text messages, photographs and documents from unsecured wi-fi networks as they pass neighborhoods with the Street View Car. Google first admitted to …

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Fiat Photo Bombs VW in Google Street View

According to Jalopnik, Fiat paid close attention to when the Google street view car would be around to snap photos. On that day, they parked a Fiat 500 in front of Volkswagen’s Swedish operation headquarters in Sodertalje. The Google car drove by snapping pictures as scheduled, and this picture is the result: A photo bomb by Fiat at the VW …

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Google Introduces Ceres Solver To The Public

My job requires me to know how to write. While I think I’m a pretty good writer, I’m never once going to pretend that I’m good with math. If you told me to solve a nonlinear least square problem, I think my brain would just explode. Google thinks these problems are pretty tricky too and have created a program that …

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Privacy Advocate Wants Hearing on Google’s Wi-Fi Spying

Now that the non-redacted version of the Federal Communication Commission’s report on Google’s unsettling habit of eavesdropping on unsecured wi-fi network via the Street Car has been made available, the same privacy advocate that chastised the FCC for letting Google off with a relatively small fine is now calling on the U.S. Senate to investigate the matter. Consumer Watchdog sent …

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Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software After All

Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals that, in spite of Google’s previous claims that the data-collected software was unauthorized, supervisors and others were actually aware of …

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Google Street View Visits Ukraine, Drives Fearlessly

Earlier this year, Google Maps expanded its Street View gallery to Poland in order to offer ground-level panoramic imagery of Warsaw and Cracow ahead of this summer’s 2012 European Football Championship. Now, Google Maps has added cities in Ukraine, which will also be hosting tournament matches. The cities included in the Street View update is Kviv, Lviv, Odessa, and Kharkiv. …

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Google Street View Goes to Jerusalem, Gets Lost

Google Maps announced a new location that was recently added to Street View and given it’s one of the oldest places in the world, this update is a fun one: Jerusalem. While most people might not consider the city “fun” because of the intense dispute that is ever-present in the area as well as it’s deeply, seriously spiritual significance to …

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Consumer Watchdog Demands Uncensored FCC Report on Google Wi-Fi Spying

In light of the Federal Communications Commission dropping its investigation of Google’s Street View’s eavesdropping practices that were uncovered in 2010 and releasing a very redacted version of the interim report that was released on Friday, Consumer Watchdog has issued a statement demanding that the FCC release an uncensored version of the report. The FCC decided to fine Google $25,000 …

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Nathan Fillion: Everyone Needs A Google Maps Pose

Everybody loves Google Street View, right? Okay, maybe not everybody. Some people think it’s creepy. Others get angry when it catches them doing something they’d rather not be seen doing. Most people, however, think it’s just fun. I mean really, who doesn’t love checking out their own house? Or their friends’ houses? Or the house of that person you have …

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Google Street View Image is a Real Pisser, Man Sues

A Google Street View photo has made a man in France the joke of his village after he was caught urinating in his garden. While the picture was blurred, the man came from a very small town located in the Maine-et-Loire province and made him easy to identify. He discovered the existence of his photo after being mocked by his …

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See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View

Back in March, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive damage to a large part of eastern Japan. A few months later, Google announced that they would be driving their Street View cars around, taking photos of the damage. They said that this would serve as a digital archive of the power of mother nature for future generations. Today, …

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