Google Street View Blurs Cow’s face

Google takes face recognition very seriously. It is, of course, fine if your face does not pop up on Google Street View, but what’s new is Google camera also deals the privacy of animals in the same way.

In the British Cambridge, a cow was seen grazing peacefully in the pasture without the fear that he would be recognized on the internet. Yet this animal was right. The cow’s head was blurred on the Google Street View.


David Shariatmadari of the Guardian put the image on Twitter. He calls it a good thing that Google takes cow privacy so seriously. Fortunately for the cow, his face was unrecognizable. The tweet has been shared almost 12,000 times.

After all the attention the picture it got, the BBC phoned Google to ask why the cow could not be recognized.

“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 spokesman for Google said.

“Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.”

The cow’s white face and pink nose can be clearly seen from a further distance in the picture. As he sustained the path further and came closer to Google’s camera, the face is blurred automatically.

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