Google Street View blurs cow’s face

Google's Street View was "overzealous" with its privacy technology and blurred the the face of a cow on a farm in Cambridge, England. Screen shot: Google

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 16 (UPI) — Google maps privacy technology has blurred the face of a cow in Cambridge, England.

The Google Street View’s face-blurring typically blurs license plates and human faces, but it was an editor for the Guardian that recently discovered it also respects the privacy of cows.

A black cow near the River Cam at Coe Fen in Cambridge was afforded a moment of privacy that it didn’t have seconds earlier in a photos taken from farther away.

“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

The image originally tweeted by Guardian opinion editor David Shariatmadari has been retweeted more than 9,000 times and inspired a lot of cow-based humor along with it.


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