Google Earth Blurs Cow's Face Because Even Bovines Deserve Privacy

Posted by Mateja Lane

The cows' identities will be kept secret. 

Google Street View captured the River Cam in Cambridge England in 2015 with some cows grazing alongside the banks.

Google takes its privacy-protecting policy very seriously so they, of course, blurred the cows' faces. An editor at The Guardian noticed this when checking Google Street View on this particular street and decided to tweet his findings.

The tweet went viral and had some great comments.

A Google spokesperson told NPR:

"We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it's clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.

"Of course, we don't begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame."

It's good to know that Google has a sense of humor even though they're a big corporation.

When there are people in Google Street View, they can request that their face or entire house be blurred. According to Google's privacy policy they will, "blur all identifiable faces and license plates within Google-contributed imagery."

I guess we will never know which cows were grazing by River Cam that day.

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