Google Earth News: Street View images must be deleted

By Posted 27 Feb 2010, 10:27

Google have had a hard time just recently, not only have they got of to a poor start with Google Buzz, they have now been told that they have to remove images on Street View in 6 months rather than 12. This is a popular feature that users have been enjoying on Google Maps and Google Earth.

Street View offers users the chance to view 360-degree and panoramic views from street level. I have used the product on a number of occasions and have enjoyed looking at old places where I used to live. However, it seems that some are not happy with what images have been made available online.

Currently, Google has to delete the images collected in a year, but the European Union said that this is too long and has said that 6 months is a more reasonable period to hold on to the images. For more information on this visit NewsFactor Network.

What are your views on Street View?

  • Sarah Thomas

    I love looking at Google Street, and Google Earth, I can see where members of my family and friends live,all over the world ,also it is great to have a look at my old school and places we lived when I was a child, also where my Grandparents and grandparents lived. Its wonderful and really amazing. I wish some people would stop moaning and see the pleasure this gives to most of us.

  • Mama T

    Street view is great! I used it while house hunting to see the area w/o having to waste fuel doing the traditional driving the neighbourhood. Saved me a lot of headaches, and disappointment when you read a well worded ad and yet the house/area was unacceptable.

  • Greg

    I can see a a security risk, but really, if someone is that determined, they will know what to look for anyhow.

  • John Galt

    While I also have enjoyed the search, the world has changed to such a degree that allowing strangers to search the name for an address and then also search a view of that person’s business of home clearly would be of benefit for home invasions, or those who seek to commit more heinous crimes as well. I agree that privacy concerns need to trump the more innocent searchs that many have used.

  • ed malinas

    why not remove something that should be removed in stead of the street views. I guess to many people were enjoying it and we can"t have that

  • kezeli

    Google does a great job & service on Google Earth & Steet Views..a pleasure to use, and
    there is no intentional harm involved..quit gripping & moaning and enjoy it..if not don't
    use or look at it..and if you have nothing to hide, one should not object..just my two cents worth!!

  • sharon

    I LOVE Street View for many reasons…DO NOT GET RID OF IT PLEASE!!!! Some people are just idiots.

  • Mark

    I quite agree – this is a great service – I hope they might appeal against this decision

  • ray

    It,s great I love it

  • derrick

    Google Street is amazing and very very useful – why on earth (no pun intended) can't people just enjoy the 21st Centuary?

  • Stephen Grove

    I agree with the above comment…why are there always spoil sports?!! Come on europe…what happened to the people's voice. Let's have a vote…i'm in favour of keeping everything.Who's with me?

  • sabine

    I completely agree with Sarah. I love Google Street for the same reasons. I can spend hours just locking in my old neighborhood. See how things changed. And Google is happy to delete any pictures of your place or person you find offensive.

  • Pam

    I, too, love the street view. I can check out my relatives’ and friends’ places since I live 7000+ miles from almost all of them, and they can see where I live, as well. My only gripe is that when I tried to check how they were faring in the east coast US storms, the weather wasn’t apparent. 5-10′ of snow on the TV & clear streets & sunny skies on the computer. :-( I was disappointed.

    • Jon boy

      you do realize these pictures are not live pictures? They drove vans across the US over the past couple of years taking pictures. It was during the spring, summer, and fall months so the could take day time pics in relativly nice weather. They do not have cameras mounted all over the country taking constant lice pics. These are not videos they are still pictures.

  • Dan

    How about deleting Europe instead…

  • Chris Willard

    First let me say that I think they should keep Google Earth’s “Street View” technology available to the public. I have entered my brother’s address into the street view & was able to see my 3 nephews playing basketball in the driveway. They are all under 12, this could appeal to someone who would want to kidnap them or worse. Now the image provided may be recent or old and for all anyone knows they may not live there anymore, but a determined person would check anyways. Now, that individual could drive around and see them in the summer for himself so what’s the difference?? Either way parents have to be careful all the time!!

    I do think that it’s neat though and for the most part it isn’t going to give anyone any tool that they couldn’t get else where. I think that it should fall under some sort of blanket of freedom of print, that’s all it really is, is a very, very detailed blue print. I don’t think Google is going to go down easily and they shouldn’t!! I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.

  • Chris Willard

    First let me say that I think they should keep Google Earth's "Street View" technology available to the public. I have entered my brother's address into the street view & was able to see my 3 nephews playing basketball in the driveway. They are all under 12, this could appeal to someone who would want to kidnap them or worse. Now the image provided may be recent or old and for all anyone knows they may not live there anymore, but a determined person would check anyways. Now, that individual could drive around and see them in the summer for himself so what's the difference?? Either way parents have to be careful all the time!!

    I do think that it's neat though and for the most part it isn't going to give anyone any tool that they couldn't get else where. I think that it should fall under some sort of blanket of freedom of print, that's all it really is, is a very, very detailed blue print. I don't think Google is going to go down easily and they shouldn't!! I guess we'll all just have to wait and see.

  • Marina

    Only way for me to see where my children move to in NZ. Please keep Street View. Kind regards. Marina. George, South Africa.

  • claudia

    Just so we’re clear, the images that will be deleted are the unblurred images. What we see are the blurred iamges. Those will not be deleted. We’ll still have Street View (unless EU officials escalate their paranoia).