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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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