Street View Privacy for Public Art
During integration of Google Street View into Portland Wild, I noticed something surprising. Google was blurring the faces of inhabitants of Portland’s public art, even high above street level.
Here’s a five story living mural recently completed on Division Street in which Google blurs the subject’s face to protect its privacy:
As someone who’s backside was once the centerpiece of my home’s street view appearance for a couple of years, I appreciate their efforts.
Cleavage Remains Okay
Several subjects from this block long Keller Auditorium Mural were blurred, while others weren’t … for now, cleavage is still okay:
Angle Impacts Face Detection
The angle of the street view impacts whether Google detects a person, hopefully this doesn’t foreshadow problems with literal impacts of self-driving cars:
Here’s the four story Untitled, Washington Plaza mural:
Here’s The Fiercest Athlete’s Mural:
Here’s local legend Steve Prefontaine featured in part of The Cheerful Tortoise Mural (or is he running out of the establishment?):
If you enjoy street art, check out Portland Wild, a Google maps driven visual guide to Portland’s public art and its Heritage Trees and Little Free Libraries.