Google Earth’s Street View: Image of Murdered Facebook Teen Removed

By Posted 18 Mar 2010, 15:43

Google Earth’s Street View is in the news again over the images that it displays to users, this time things are more serious. The image of the murdered Facebook teen was on Street View just weeks before she lost her life; Google has since removed the image of Ashleigh Hall out of respect to her family.

As you would imagine, the family were distressed to learn that their daughter’s image was on Google Earth’s Street View for the world to see – they said that it was an invasion of their privacy. Google were quick to act – but this has since raised more questions about better safeguards for Google to implement.

Sky News reports that the images of Ashleigh Hall were blurred, but those who knew her were still able to make the image out. The family are pleased that the search engine giant has removed the image, Ashleigh’s father did say, “Google should stick to maps, not spying on people.”

Google have been finding themselves having to apologize a lot lately, last week Google had to remove a full frontal image of a naked child from Street View. Visit our recent poll asking is Street View is intrusive?

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  • Juliana

    It's tragic that Ashleigh was captured on film, and I feel truly horrible for her family, but how can anyone blame Google for the photo? Okay, If you're against the service *in general, that's one thing and I can respect the objections people have. But to castigate them for taking this particular picture is unreasonable. Should the Google driver have been prophetic, stopped the cameras, knowing s/he was filming someone about to meet with extreme tragedy? Should Google have checked every single photo before publication to make sure no one who had passed away since filming appeared? I mean, seriously. How could they possibly have done that?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/krikoman krikoman

    Got to agree with Juliana on this one.

    Suposing instead of a weeks old photo, it was the day she was murdered and supossing it showed the killer in the photo too. Would everybody be complaining quite so much then?

    It's tragic that the girl was murdered and I send my sympathies to the parents, but I for one would love to see pictures of my loved one. I lost my dad sometime ago and one of the most comforting things is I have many pictures of him.

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