Google: We'll Remove Image of Murdered Teen From Maps
It's a rare move from tech giant
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2013 3:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – Kevin Barrera, 14, was murdered four years ago—and his family just discovered Friday that his body can be viewed on Google Maps. Barrera was shot on a footpath crossing railroad tracks in Northern California; the crime remains unsolved. A Google Maps satellite image of the murder scene shows a police car, police officers, and Barrera's body. A local TV news station alerted the Barrera family to the image, and now Google has agreed to remove it—a rare step.

"All the memories are coming back to four years ago," Barrera's dad, Jose, tells the San Jose Mercury News. "I'm in shock." He asked for Google to remove the image, and was joined in that call by a youth center in the city that Kevin spent time at after school. "Google has never accelerated the replacement of updated satellite imagery from our maps before, but given the circumstances we wanted to make an exception in this case," says the Google Maps VP. It could take as long as eight days for the image to be removed. A technology analyst tells KTVU that by doing this, Google may open itself up to similar requests from other people upset about satellite images.

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WhateverYouSay
Nov 21, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Google Maps intrudes on privacy. There is an image of my neighborhood which shows everything, including doors, windows, items inside fences in the backyard etc and even a couple of scantily dressed people behind a privacy fence in a back yard a couple doors down from mine. These neighbors may or may not know that the overhead [in a drone?] Google camera caught them cavorting, but I choose not to mention it because they were on private property out of view from preying neighbor eyes and I believe they had an expectation of privacy. Google doesn't respect the concept.
chulupadog
Nov 20, 2013 10:15 AM CST
Google also collects and sells the information it receives when you use their services. If you start receiving unusual spam or even sales calls on your cell phone you'll know where much of the information comes from.
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 20, 2013 1:09 AM CST
Act fast folks, you need to go to Google and Bing to capture the current pics of Dealey plaza. They just covered up the "X" marks on the street where the first and second shot hit JFK and Gov. Conneley. You can take a screen shot and save it. When Google updates the photo of the plaza, they will forever be gone.