Google Removes Naked Kids From London Street View

Toddlers identifiable in controversial Street View map feature
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2009 8:49 AM CDT
Google is being zinged by critics who charge its Street View map feature is an invasion of privacy.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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(Newser) – As mounting privacy concerns hit Google's new Street View service in the UK, the company has removed pictures of naked children playing outdoors in London. The British government is considering launching an investigation if officials determine that Google has made other images of naked children available to internet users, reports the Independent. Google removed pictures of the toddlers after being informed of them by reporters who spotted the children after just 10 minutes of searching.

The service has triggered controversy among Britons who feel their privacy has been breached by a Big Brother corporation. Former prime minister Tony Blair is one of hundreds of people who have demanded Google remove their homes from the map service. "The right to privacy and not to become the victim of some corporation's profit-making activities clearly needs to be protected," said a British politician. A former burglar called the new service a gift to criminals.