Musician Chases Down Google Street View Car To Promote His Music

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Via Blaise we learn of a musician in Saskatoon, who heard that Google was going to be adding Saskatoon to its “Street View” efforts, and decided he was going to figure out a way to promote himself via Google Street View. He bought a sign with his band’s name, and kept it in his car. He told all his friends to be on the lookout for the Google Street View car, and to alert him, but he actually spotted it himself while eating lunch one day. After following it around for a bit, he figured out the pattern the car was driving in, and set himself up a little ways ahead and was photographed. He dashed ahead again, and got photographed a second time as well:

But here’s the thing: his face is blurred out due to pressure from various governments to “protect” people’s privacy from Google Street View. So this raises an obvious question: what do you do if you want to be seen on Google Street View, rather than blurred, and your government has taken away that ability?

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kyle clements (profile) says:

“What do you do if you want to be seen on Google Street View, rather than blurred, and your government has taken away that ability?”

I guess you can have a portrait printed on a sign, and have that sign beside you when the googlemobile comes by.

Personally, I like it how in this one particular case, the government has sided on privacy being the norm, not the exception. Having your face posted publicly on a system like street view should be be opt-in, not opt-out. and in this one particular case, I think the government is mostly right.

oh, and this is an absolutely brilliant idea! Good job!

PaulT (profile) says:

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Ah, I was wondering when some idiot would drop by with that myth…

Anyway, it’s the same point – any cameras that there are filming the streets are filming *public* areas. There’s nothing a camera can pick up that the guy standing next to you or on the balcony above you can’t see.

What privacy do you really expect in the public street?

Planetwebfoot (profile) says:

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Well, I agree with you, but there is a difference between being seen by the guy next to you, and having your photo plastered on the Internet. If you want to be seen on Google Street View, well…too bad, get around it with promoting yourself online via other means such as creating a web-site and socail networking.

scarr (profile) says:

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As Chronno mentioned before, that happens all the time with people taking pictures in public places and putting them on Flickr, or any of thousands of other places on the web.

Is it your claim that parents should have to blur all the faces out at their kids’ sports matches, unless they can get release forms from everyone in attendance?

Anonymous Coward says:

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For the facial blurring, it’s pretty obvious:

Can you imagine Google maintaining a file for every man, woman, and child on the planet with their preference of “blur / not blur”? Can you imagine the streetview editors having to consult that file?

“Gee, is that Fred F or his brother?”

It would be absolutely insane. Mike, I cannot for the life of me understand why you wouldn’t think of something like that. Sometimes for a smart man you make some of the dumbest comments.

Anonymous Coward says:

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Because they don’t have time to handle it.

I have an idea: maybe Google can charge $500 per image to unblur your face, but first you must provide a notarized document that this is in fact you, a good image of yourself, potentially dressed in the same clothes, and two forms of picture ID. Then perhaps they could consider it. Otherwise, they risk unblurring people who don’t want to be unblurred.

I would say it’s a stupid concept from a to z.

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