Canada laid bare on Street View
Google's virtual invasion continues apace
Google has extended its Street View coverage to Canada, with Banff, Calgary, Halifax, Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Squamish, Toronto, Vancouver (see pic), and Whistler now exposed by the Great Satan of Mountain View's all-seeing eye.
Those Canadian readers who fear their privacy may be violated by Street View's black spymobiles should take comfort from a Google statement which says the company has "gone to great lengths to ensure Canadians' privacy while enabling them to benefit from Street View on Google Maps".
It continues: "The feature only contains imagery that is already visible from public roads and blurs identifiable faces and licence plates. In addition, users can easily flag for removal images that they consider sensitive or inappropriate by clicking on the 'Report a problem' link at the bottom of any image.
"Google has consulted with Canada's federal and provincial Privacy Commissioners in developing Street View and its privacy safeguards."
And in case you're wondering how we know Street View's Orwellian Canada fleet is black, here's an example captured by Glenn Hunt as it tried to make good its escape from Toronto, round about here:
Lovely. There's more on Street View's Canadian roll-out here. ®
Canada laid bare
"Was it just me that expected some NSFW pics in an article entitled "Canada laid bare..."
Oh come on! It's Canada we're talking about. All those hirsute amazons could hardly be described as "bare" :-)
(Paris, because she's considerably barer than the average Canadian female)
Is the interval between the pictures the same as elsewhere? The jumps between frames seem rather large.
And even if we set aside Nunavut and NWT, what's happened to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, PE I and Newfloundland & Labrador? One would have thought that they would at least have had a look at the Provincial and Territorial capital cities.
However, at least it's a start. And at least I can see that Vancouver has at long last started marking the bus stops in a reasonably intelligible manner.
Is there any published timeframe for release of other areas of the UK or elsewhere?
(Badgers -- because we need to badger them to get on with the job :-) )
Google is taking pics in France too
Saw a Google car last week not a mile from my house.
Don't know if it passed my street, but it was heading away at the time.