All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Street View’
Earlier this month, the FCC decided to issue a $25,000 fine to Google for so-called “delays” in their investigation into Google’s street view-data collecting privacy flareup. Google says they’re going to pay the fine, but they’re not quite sure that the blame should rest solely on their shoulders. The $25,000 fine isn’t a punishment for the Steet View activities themselves, …
Make no mistake, Google Art Project has partnered with some amazing museums and cultural centers around the world in order to bring people greater access to some of the world’s most important and valuable works of art. Not only has Google Art Project assembled virtual galleries that users can peruse, but it also offers Street View for 51 museums that …
Google Maps has demonstrated that one of the best uses for Street View has been when the feature has in fact gone off the street. The latest unique Street View offering comes by way of a collaborative effort with another Google service, Google Art Project, that has yielded a wildly fascinating Street View-style tour of 51 different museums and art-containing …
This past week has really been a no-car moment for Google Maps and Street View. First they ditched the Street View car and fixed their trike to a dinghy in order to canvas the Amazon, then they hit the pavement for a walking view of different sites across Japan to capture the bloom of sakura season, and now they’ve rolled …
Lately, as Google Maps has announced the inclusion of different parts of the world with Street View, the selection of these regions has seemed less and less random and a more deliberate effort by Google Maps to provide a new service that will be an opportune travel tool for tourists. Google Maps introduced Street View for Poland in anticipation of …
Turning a Google Street View car into a makeshift schooner to sail down the Amazon is one thing, but outright floods in places that cars are supposed to go is another obstacle altogether. However, one of the Thailand’s worst natural disasters in history wasn’t enough to stop the Google Street View team from traveling throughout the country to capture new …
As a boon for travelers, you cannot deny that Google Maps has become a great companion for preparing for trips. They’ve made a habit of waving their Street View wand at parts of the world expecting loads of tourists and ensure that the city (or country) in question has a reliable street-level map. The latest country to get that top-notch …
As adventuresome as you may consider yourself, taking on something as geologically daunting as the Amazon is a towering challenge. The heat, the anacondas, the bugs, the very real and likely possibility that you will get lost – it’s a lot to take in. If you’d prefer to explore one of the largest rivers in the world at perhaps from …
Those rumors about some Google HUD glasses on the horizon were more than a mirage: turns out these things are really happening. In case holding a phone in your hand and occasionally looking up to scan your surroundings is simply too taxing of a task for you to handle, Google is ushering in a new era of info-searching with what …
Здравствуйте, Google Street View! Yesterday Google announced the addition of two Russian cities, St. Petersburg and Moscow, to the Street View experience via their Lat Long Blog. As vast as Russia is, it’s my hope that Street View will continue to add other cities from Russia in order to expand the opportunity to feast your eyes on one of the …
If you’re one of the many who were inspired by the film Sideways and, upon watching it, took to the vineyards in order to commence the next affected stage of your life as a pretend wine snob, Google has got a treat for you. As Google Maps is ever expanding, taking you inside hotels and local small businesses, now you …
If you’re a small business owner looking for a creative way to attract potential customers inside your store, Google wants you to think outside of the box: let them visit your store without even traveling to your store. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but through the use of Google’s Maps technology, you can now create a virtual tour for your …
Last week, my wife went bargain shopping at a local “Peddler’s Mall”-type resale spot. In one of the booths she spotted a really nice leather bag. She had been on my case to stop carrying what she called my “man purse”. It’s actually a Travelon messenger bag. It’s perfect for my Kindle, headphones, keys, etc. But, it will not accommodate …
Google’s been stirring the Maps pot with two busy hands lately. First they gave us indoor maps of airports and malls, then they mapped the CES convention center, and then they mapped out the labyrinthine hotels of Las Vegas for CES attendees. Now, they’re adding college campuses to their Street View feature. The decision to include college campuses as part …
I’m sure you recall when Google came clean about collecting Wi-Fi network data with its Street View cars back in May of 2010. “It’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products,” Google’s Alan Eustace said at the time. …
The way Google’s Street View program operates in Switzerland may soon change in dramatic fashion. A Swiss court has ordered that (among other things) Google must ensure all faces and license plates are unrecognizable, even if that means employees have to review all images manually. That represents a potential problem for Google. The company’s automated blurring software catches most – …
Google said today it has added new Street View imagery to historic sites in Italy and France. Along with seeing the exterior of archaeological sites like the Imperial Forum and the Colosseum in Rome, Street View has added interior views of those landmarks as well. The Google Blog offers more details. “In few clicks you can navigate through centuries of …
German citizens may soon have the opportunity to wave at (or dodge) many more cars sporting 15 camera lenses. In a big win for Google, a Berlin court has ruled that the Street View program doesn’t break any of Germany’s laws. A little refresher for anyone who hasn’t been following along: Germany’s the country in which so many politicians and …
When Google admitted that its Street View cars had recorded sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, there were many different reactions. UK authorities more or less brushed off the incident, for example, while Korean police raided Google’s offices. And now French regulators have landed somewhere in between, fining the company €100,000 (or $142,000). Whether or not that’s a significant amount …
Late last night, Google announced via Twitter an update to their popular Street View site. @googleA GooglerWe’ve updated our Street View site http://maps.google.com/streetview – enjoy exploring places around the world (via @googlemaps) 15 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto The new home page is clean and simple, offering a slide show of unique places from around the world. First up …
TripAdvisor has added a new virtual tours feature to its iPad app using augmented reality technology.
The new feature allows users to take a virtual tour to travel destinations with local places superimposed over Google’s Street View. Users can view hotels, restaurants and other attractions.
The advantages of Google’s Street View program, which critics have sometimes said invades privacy and aids burglars, will now be weighed against the security demands of one of the world’s most well-protected countries. Israeli authorities should soon decide whether or not to let Google take pictures of their two biggest cities.
Google’s decision to ignore a Civil Investigative Demand issued by Richard Blumenthal may work out all right for the company. New Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell have reached an agreement with Google that should keep the matter from going to court.
Five months ago, local police officers raided Google’s offices in South Korea, and what they found may cause quite a lot of trouble for the company. A police report’s indicated that Google illegally collected private data with its Street View cars, and criminal charges could result.
The corporate world tends to slow down this time of year; people take time off, offices close, and product announcements are delayed. A dispute between Google and the Connecticut Attorney General over Street View is escalating, however, and it looks like some lawyers might be called into action as a result.
The lawyers responsible for handling Google’s affairs in New Zealand may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand announced today that she’s concluded her investigation into the Street View data collection debacle, and Google will not face any fines or significant penalties.
That’s not to say the search giant’s off the hook in every respect; from now on, it’s supposed to work more closely with Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, and she gave the company a bit of a reprimand in a formal statement.
The tension over Google’s collection of sensitive WiFi data has risen again. Today, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal issued a civil investigative demand requiring that Google share the information gathered by its Street View cars.
Blumenthal defined the demand as being the equivalent of a subpoena, meaning Google should have little choice but to comply. It’s supposed to do so in the near future, too, as Blumenthal’s only given the company until December 17th to obey.
Armchair explorers with nice monitors should be glad to know that another portion of central Europe is now accessible through Street View. This afternoon, Google announced that photos of Romania have gone live, and there are definitely some impressive sights to see.
At least in the UK, Google may finally be able to put its recent Street View privacy gaffe behind it. The company’s signed a commitment to improve its handling of data, and as a result, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has given Google permission to delete the sensitive information it collected by accident.
Google’s winning streak with respect to the Street View privacy breach might be coming to an end. Although the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission let the company off the hook, the Federal Communications Commission confirmed this week that it’s started looking into the matter.
Google’s had a difficult time launching Street View in Germany; over the past two years, there have been random outcries, more formal protests, and a first-of-its-kind opt-out program. Finally, though, Google’s made it possible to drag Pegman over the country and view at least a few spots from the perspective of a pedestrian.
This move doesn’t constitute a full launch; the first batch of photographs just covers the town of Oberstaufen, a handful of traditional landmarks (including Berlin’s Victory Column and a public square in Dresden), and ten sports stadiums.
At least where one controversy and a single group of U.S. regulators is concerned, Google is off the hook. Today, the Federal Trade Commission weighed in on the company’s collection of sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, and the organization announced that it would drop its inquiry.
Street View has at times seemed doomed in Germany, with politicians, privacy advocates, and lots of private citizens protesting the program. Fewer than 250,000 people opted out when given the chance, however, which from Google’s perspective, is something of a victory.
Granted, 250,000 is a very large number, and Google’s only counted opt-outs from 20 cities in which it’ll soon launch Street View. The trick is that opinion polls had indicated half (or more) of Germans didn’t like the idea of the program.
For better or for worse, the Spanish Agency for Data Protection isn’t ready to forgive Google for collecting sensitive WiFi data along with Street View photos. Indeed, it’s moved its investigation forward in a big way, starting a process that might result in fines totaling $3.3 million.
Data protection officials in the Czech Republic said Wednesday they would not give Google a new license for collecting data for its Street View service because its cameras are too tall.
“Google uses a camera that is positioned at a height of 2.7 meters. This impinges in an invasive fashion on the privacy of citizens, and that’s what they’ve been filing complaints about,” said Igor Nemec, director of the Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU).
Anyone who’s been looking forward to browsing Google Street View images of Germany should prepare to encounter lots of blank or ultra-blurry spots. A report’s indicated that hundreds of thousands of Germans may have taken advantage of an opt-out process that Google made available.
Czech privacy officials said Tuesday they have stopped Google from gathering new images to update its Street View mapping service.
The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU) turned down for a second time Google’s application to collect personal information in the central European country of 10.5 million, saying the process could break the law.
When it comes to Street View and the collection of sensitive WiFi data, Google is, at least to some degree, safe from serious penalties in New Zealand. A police investigation has determined that the company didn’t violate any laws.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff referred the matter to police in June, which seemed to put Google in a precarious position. Logic dictated that Shroff wouldn’t call in law enforcement for no reason, after all.
A lawsuit that was filed against Google in Spain two months ago is starting to pay off – at least for the organization that filed it. Now Google’s been called before a judge due to the way in which Street View cars collected sensitive WiFi data while taking pictures.
Obviously, this isn’t good news for Google. Aside from the fact that the case is still active at all, the speed at which things are moving forward is a little disconcerting.
Various complaints and privacy laws have in one sense failed to deter Google. Today, the company made known that it will still roll out Street View in Germany, but it will also make an extra blurring option available to citizens who don’t want their homes or businesses to be visible.
In spite of the apologies Google’s issued and the corrective actions the company’s taken, Google’s Street View-related problems appear to be growing worse, not going away. Earlier today, Korean authorities raided its local offices in connection with the case.
Privacy issues aside, it’s hard to complain too much about products like Bing Streetside and Google Street View, considering such tools were until recently nonexistent. But Microsoft has previewed its next-generation mapping tool, dubbed Street Slide, and it promises to up the ante in several ways.
There’s a bit of good news for Google this morning in relation to the Street View data collection clash. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office announced that it’s had a look at some of the data, and the organization is inclined to believe that no harm will come of Google’s mistake.
Google’s collection of sensitive WiFi data sent over personal networks will cause the company problems for a long time if a group with a long name has its way. The Association for the Prevention and Investigation of Crime, Abuse and Malpractice in Information Technology and Advanced Communications has filed a lawsuit in Spain.
Google has been named in a new class action lawsuit filed by Carp Law Offices on behalf of Galaxy Internet Services and it WiFi users in Massachusetts.
The suit is focused on the collection and storage of WiFi information by Google’s Street View team. The suit alleges Google had covert packet sniffing WiFi receivers to help gather data on WiFi users. The suit says the practice is in violation of both federal privacy laws and Massachusetts’s new data privacy law.
Google is being criticized by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog for gathering private information from WiFi networks in Germany via its Street View cars.
The gathering of private information surfaced because the German government raised concerns about Google’s data collection leading the company to audit its practices.
Google opened up in a blog post today confirming that they have been collecting data from Wi-Fi networks with their Google Maps Street View Cars as they have driven around. This is a subject that has been brought up, but in a recent blog post Google said that it had not been collecting "payload data", but is now saying that it actually has been.
Pick a road, any road. So long as it’s in the UK, there’s a good chance Google will be able to provide you with pictures taken from it. Today, the search giant made much more Street View imagery available, meaning its photographs now cover about 238,000 miles – or 96 percent – of British roads.
The figure below tells most of the story if those numbers don’t do it for you. As you can see, just about every street in the UK has been navigated by camera-equipped cars (along with an assortment of trikes), leading to nearly total coverage.
By and large, Google Maps is great, providing well-plotted directions and up-to-date contact information on demand and free of charge. But slight inaccuracies persist, and to fix this problem, Google will now allow people to reposition markers using Street View instead of just maps and satellite images.
The back-and-forth over Street View in Germany has been fierce at times, with one Google representative recently hinting that the company intended to move forward as long as German authorities didn’t draft laws against the program. But now Google’s given in a bit, offering people a way to keep their properties out of Street View from the start.
About five months ago, Google started a contest to determine where its Street View trike would take pictures in the U.S. Today, Google released some impressive stats concerning participation, and also announced the winning locations.
The European Union has asked Google to revise the way it stores images for its Maps and Street View services, due to privacy concerns.
Google currently keeps all images on Street View for a year, but the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party wants that time cut in half to no longer than six months.
German objections to Street View date back at least a year and a half, and by all accounts, Google still hasn’t come close to convincing the German government that the program is harmless. Just the same, Google’s announced its intention to move forward with Street View in Germany within the next 10 months.
With the games in Vancouver and Whistler right around the corner, many wonder about the extraordinary view the world’s best skiers and snowboarders experience during the event.
Well to no one’s surprise, Google Maps can now take you there. That’s right, hold on to your helmets, because during February 12-28 anyone around the world can adventure down the trails of Whistler Mountain with the pros.The Street View team has explored a variety of different methods to capture imagery at 7,000 feet.
The main goal of a typical retailer is to draw people inside and sell stuff, not have folks stare at the store’s exterior. It makes a degree of sense, then, that a new report claims something called Google Store Views will continue the tradition of Google Street View within shops.
About 22 months ago, Google was sued over its Street View program by a couple named Aaron and Christine Boring. The entire suit was dismissed a little while later. Now, the Borings have made a small bit of headway with an appeal, but it doesn’t appear that Google has much to worry about.
Google has been granted a quite interesting patent for "Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising". The company filed the patent back in the summer of 2008. The abstract reads:
AOL’s MapQuest has announced the launch of "360 View," a feature that may remind Google users of Google Maps Street view. For now, it’s available for 30 cities and 13 suburbs in the United States, with more on the way.
"We have studied our industry, gleaning tidbits here and there, and polled our customer base in creating a simple, easy-to-use interface that fits seamlessly into the MapQuest mapping experience you have come to know and understand," says MapQuest.
Attention all Street View fans: another update’s been announced, and this one could be considered especially significant. Images of Hawaii were released, meaning Street View now has coverage of all 50 U.S. states.
Street View’s come a long way since its early days of functioning as a fun little distraction/curiosity. It’s now a useful resource for travelers, an advertising aid for businesses, and even a friend of some tourist agencies (the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau worked with Google on this latest update).
A new batch of Google Street View imagery has been released, and it’s a significant one. Rather than hit a few more American towns, Street View’s documented sights in two countries – Canada and the Czech Republic – for the first time.
Let’s start with the Czech Republic, where coverage is a bit more limited in terms of total footage captured. Indeed, most of the imagery is focused on Prague and a handful of nearby, smaller towns. Then, perhaps one or two Street View drivers headed southeast and spent a little time driving around Brno.
Google has been criticized by some in the past for not featuring 9/11 doodles on the home page on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Google is, however, pointing to a site from the company’s official blog, that invites people to "share their experiences of 9/11 and its aftermath in an effort to preserve the memories of that time."
On August 18th, Google released Street View imagery of Switzerland. A few days later, Switzerland’s Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner complained. Now, it looks like the two sides have reached an agreement that will have some rather far-reaching effects.
Google has now made it easier to view businesses in Street View on Google Maps. When a user conducts a local search, the bubble that pops up on business results will show a Street View link.
Users can click on that link and see the business marked with a 3D marker in Street View, just like the one you’d find on the map. When you click the marker, details about the business are shown right within Street View.
The Swiss gave Street View a chance. But, following the release of some imagery on Tuesday, Switzerland’s Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner asked Google late last week to withdraw its offering.
Google introduced its Street View Partner Program today. This lets organizations and businesses apply to have their property featured in Street View on Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.
Fans of Street View may not get a lot of work done today. Google’s seen fit to release images covering three new countries, and pictures documenting some special points of interest within America’s borders have become available, as well.
Switzerland, Taiwan, and Portual are the three main attractions (as you probably gathered from this piece’s title). Interesting and even stunning views are available of each, with the image below showing off Grindelwald, Switzerland.
You may know a lot about Google Maps Street view, but you might not know everything there is to do with it. Perhaps you don’t know much at all. Either way, Google has set up a new site with the goal of making sure everyone who wants to know has access to all of the information that they need regarding Street View.
This includes information on privacy, how to use it, where it is available, and some behind the scenes material about how they gather the imagery. The Street View resource is located here.
Sooner, rather than later, you may be able to drop a certain orange-yellow man onto a map of Germany and then look at the scenery as if you were standing on some of the country’s highways and roads. It appears that Google and Germany have finally come to an agreement over Google Street View.
Google has announced it is making additional privacy modifications to its Street View project in Europe.
Google says it is continuing to work with the Article 29 Working Party, which brings together representatives from all 27 European Data Protection Authorities. It is complying with European authorities request to provide advance notice to the public about the Street View project before driving in a new country.
The Article 29 Working Party has requested that Google set a time limit on how long it retains unblurred photos of panoramas in Street View.
Google said Wednesday it had met demands by German privacy watchdogs over its Street View service, which offers photographs of buildings in cities taken from street level.
Johannes Caspar, who heads the data protection agency for the Hamburg area, had given Google a Wednesday deadline to allow property owners to opt out of being photographed for Street View.
Google’s Street View program is not having a good week. Yesterday, word spread that Greek authorities had (at least temporarily) forbidden the Street View team from taking any pictures in their country, and today, it’s been reported that Google will reshoot all of its already-public images of Japan.
Google Street View cars are hitting roadblocks in England, quite literally. If it’s not the cops in one town, it’s human shields in another.
I’ve never been England, and all I know about British roads is from movies, and from what I gather they are often clogged with sheep. In one village, called Broughton, people shooed off the sheep to block the road personally. They heard they Google car was coming.
Here’s a nice bit of news for anyone either planning a vacation or, due to the economy, canceling all trips farther than 15 miles from your home: Street View spread again this morning. Imagery’s now available for 25 cities in the UK and the Netherlands, and the service’s coverage of France, Italy, and Spain has been expanded, too.
Google has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to collecting imagery for Google Maps Street View. It is not surprising that some hiccups would occur along the way. If you don’t know, Google has drivers with cameras on top of their vehicles going around to capture the images it uses to compile the Street View feature some people find exceptionally cool, while others find it invasive and creepy.
You’ve probably read stories about the police using YouTube to catch criminals. One guy even accidentally ratted himself out for mentioning his own YouTube videos.
Now, Google is sharing a story in which the cops used Google Maps Street View to help find a kidnapped child from Massachusetts all the way in Virginia.
Getting lost in Oceania got a lot harder in the last week or so, and should continue to grow trickier over time. Not only was some already-extensive Street View coverage in Australia expanded, but the self-propagating Google Map Maker was launched in 43 new countries and territories.
News of Street View updates often leaks out a little early; unofficial reports will surface ahead of time, or sometimes, people just spot new photos before Google has had a chance to comment. Today, however, the company seems to have caught everyone off guard in a big way, doubling its amount of U.S. coverage.
Google has a significant presence in Europe with large offices in Dublin, Zurich, and London, and smaller centers in Denmark, Russia, and Poland. The giant search company has been well received up to this point, but is now being forced to fight privacy laws.
Old fans of "Everybody Loves Raymond" may remember a couple of episodes in which the Barone family visited Italy. All of the usual squabbling stopped as the characters (and quite obviously, the cast) just enjoyed the experience. Now, Google Street View will let its users share some of the same sights.
You know the routine: small cars weighed down with large cameras are spotted in some city. Then, without any warning, a Google Street View update occurs weeks or months later. But it looks like photos of Spain should become public in the very near future, and a more comprehensive international release schedule may also have been made known.
Given the economy’s current condition, most people are cutting out random trips to the local grocery store, never mind overseas vacations. So as non-millionaires should agree, this makes it all the more interesting that Google has released additional Street View photos taken in France.
Aspects of Google are pretty popular in Germany; the latest comScore data indicates, for example, that it’s cornered 79.8 percent of the country’s search market. Google Street View is being looked at in a different light, however, and may hit a show-stopping barrier in the town of Molfsee.
Google has frequently touted Street View’s ability to help folks scout out addresses or entire trips, and most people have accepted its usefulness in these matters. Only Street View would sometimes remain tethered to desktop computers while its users were wandering around, and so it’s nice to report that Street View has been introduced to Google Maps for mobile.
You can hardly talk about Google Maps Street View without the issue of privacy coming up. There is no doubt the feature is fun to play around with. It’s even useful for checking out trip destinations and landmark spotting, but it still tends to creep people out, particularly when they find their own house at such a close angle.
See, here’s how it works if you fall on the naturalist/biochemical side of love rather than the esoteric/spiritual side: The male species of human, as is common across non-asexually reproductive species, often makes grand gestures during the mating ritual in order to win the affection and devotion of the female.