Canadians can now cruise their streets on Google Street View, which went live in several Canadian cities including Vancouver today.
The feature, part of Google Maps that takes web surfers on a street level journey with images that have been captured by Google cameras and are not in real time, has raised controversy among privacy experts including the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Google taken some privacy measures such as automatic blurring of faces and licence plates and people can request removal of images that are deemed inappropriate or that show “the user, their family, their car or their home.”
Street View is already available for cities in a number of countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and some European countries. And Google cameras are cruising streets in an increasing number of cities as Google expands the service.
The feature, which offers a 360-view of city streets, is not the first street level viewing service to be offered in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Canpages launched a similar service last spring covering some streets in Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish.
As well as Vancouver, Google Street View is now available in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Squamish, Whistler, Ottawa, Kitchener and Waterloo. And you check here to see other Canadian centres where the Google cameras are snapping the 360-degree shots for Google Street View.
The city of Vancouver, Tourism BC are listed among partners using the feature. Check out Vancouver: the 2010 Winter Games Host City on Google Maps with Street View.
Request the removal of any StreetView image you find sensitive by clicking “Report a problem” in the bottom left of any image.