Schumer Calls For Google Maps To Blur Images Of People Photographed From ‘Spy Planes’

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking Google Maps to blur out images of people in its newest data collection, which includes photographs from planes.

The New York Democrat calls them “spy planes” and says they’re powerful enough to collect images of people at their homes, perhaps while sunbathing in the backyard. He wants the images blurred and the right for people to opt out of being shown.

A Google spokeswoman says the images are not sharp resolution and there is no need to blur the pictures. She also says there’s no need to provide an option to be deleted from images because the resolution isn’t clear enough to identify individuals.

Meanwhile, governments around the world are peppering Google with more demands to remove online content and turn over information about its users.

The company provided a glimpse at the onslaught of government requests in a summary posted on its website late Sunday.

U.S. government agencies submitted 187 requests to remove content from July through December last year, more than doubling from 92 requests from January through June.

Only Brazil’s government agencies submitted more content removal requests with a total of 194 during the final half of last year. But that figure was down from 224 requests during the first half of the year.

The U.S. government filed 6,321 requests with Google for user data during the final six months of the year. That was far more than any other country.

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