Google drives through all streets in all cities in the world. What a miracle that they found only one naked child there.
People complained, Google pixeled out the picture. Surprisingly, there was no huge scandal.
According to the voodoo theory of child porn, this child will be constantly victimized whenever someone sees his photo.
This child is certainly scarred for life, justifying drastic measures against the heinous transgressors.
If you were representing Google as an Internet lawyer, you’d be concerned not only about potential privacy issues but also child pornography laws. Even if inadvertent, taking pics of naked kids and posting them online is just begging for trouble — government investigations and probably shakedown lawsuits. This isn’t an issue of an adult sunbathing nude the backyard…it is a child who is mentally incapable of providing consent for the photos to be taken even if they were deemed artistic rather than pornographic.
There’s also an important distinction here that you can discuss with your Internet lawyer if you have privacy issues involving your website. Google was an active participant by creating this particular content and posting it online. That’s a different scenario than a website owner having a third party post similar content to a site without the owner’s knowledge.
The entire Google staff should get 10 years in jail for production and distribution of child pornography. [/end sarcasm].
This actually is not funny: if this photo were, unpixelated, on Human-Stupidity’s web site. we might face long prison terms.
Google has apologised after its Street View photo mapping service showed a frontal view of a naked child on a family day out.
Images of the blond boy, aged four or five, went live on Thursday in an update for the service.
They pictured him with his trousers down after going to the toilet on Wimbledon Common, South-West London.
The photos, showing the child’s mother or nanny helping him dress and a man looking on, have sparked fears that paedophiles will have a new way to search for photos or targets online.
Google had blurred the child’s face but not the registration plate of the family’s car, making it possible to trace their address.
The photos were removed soon after Google was alerted yesterday.
But they are further ammunition for critics of Street View, branded a ‘burglar’s charter’ when it launched last year.
Here’s the original UK newspaper report:
The Independent on Sunday alerted the internet search giant after finding the image of the toddler, playing at a family summer picnic in a garden square in north London, captured permanently on the revolutionary mapping system. Britain’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, is considering an investigation into Google if more images of naked children are found to have been picked up by its cameras and made available to internet users.
The article is fairly inflammatory, as the paragraph above suggests. The idea is that Google is somehow aiding would-be child abductors. Further down in the article a more explicit connection between StreetView and crime is made: