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Google Street View in Toronto

by Andrew C. MacDonald on October 7, 2009

Source: Toronto Star | Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

As of this morning, you can check Google Maps to see your neighbour gardening or count how many green bins the house up the street has.

And true to its word, Google has blurred faces and license plates on the images of every house and condo and lamp post in greater Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener in the “live” images.

A spokesman for Google in Toronto said the timing was just a matter of “getting everything tweaked” so that concerns raised by privacy advocates about security were addressed.”

The pictures are the result of a blitz last spring when Google Street View cars with roof-top cameras prowled the streets capturing cyclists in mid-sprint, pedestrians with their shopping and homeowners tidying up.

To see the images, you need to pull the human figure at the top of the Google Maps zoom bar onto the map and jiggle it up and down the street for the best view.

The arrival in April of the Google cars inspired artists in Toronto to put together performance pieces in the hopes of international exposure, matching the same enthusiasm the cars had brought to cities such as London and Pittsburgh.

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