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Spanish cities surrender to Street View

Google snoopmobile footage goes live

We offer our condolences today to the good burghers of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia, who are as of right now available for public viewing on Google's all-seeing Street View. Here's a nice snap of Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles:

Street View of Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles

As regular readers will be aware, much has been made of Street View's face-blurring algorithm - tested in New York and now protecting the privacy of innocent Andalucians:

Street View image of woman's blurred face in Seville

Well, it sort of works, but here's an example of when it doesn't actually work:

Woman unblurred on Google's Street View

For the record, this innocent victim of this drive-by snooping was captured talking on her mobe to her Colombian marching powder dealer. God alone knows how she's going to explain this to her hubby.

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