The controversial Google site, Google street view infamously known for posting photos of thing deemed unworthy for view of the public eye, including , a dead body, albeit covered, published in south America and a couple snapped in the middle of a sex act down in a quiet backstreet in Manchester, has stuck again. This time the victims being two young girls aged three and four whose NAKED pictures were published on the site.
Laura Haslam, a 27 year old business student t at Blackpool and The Fylde Collage, who is the mother of the two girls was horrified and outraged beyond words when she saw the photos of her two little girls, Brooke, four, and Eva, three, who were snapped playing in a paddling pool outside their fenced off home in Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire. The little girls faces were blurred in the image but their naked bodies were exposed.
“I don’t know how long it’s been there for, but it looks like it was taken last summer. It was a hot day and I put the paddling pool out at the front of the house because that where the sun is – but I certainly won’t be doing that again” the mother of two said.
From the street view to the penal court…
Laura reported the image to Google and the police upon learning about them from a neighbour. The images that were apparently taken in the summer of 2016, have since been fully blurred and the girls’ naked bodies covered completely.
“I couldn’t believe it when a neighbour knocked at the door and said, ‘you need to look on Google maps because your kids are naked on the internet.’ I honestly thought nothing of it and thought he was winding me up – but then I was just so shocked to see it. I mean, they had their faces blurred out but it was enough for a paedophile to get a kick out of it.”
For legal purposes, she kept the original photograph, even though she knows large corporations like Google are practically untouchable.
“I know I would never win taking on the likes of Google and their army of lawyers,” she said, “but something needs to be done. I know they automatically blur faces, but surely they should scan the area for naked bodies. Any pervert could have looked at my kids on there. Why is it acceptable to show their bodies and not their faces? The images have been totally smudged now but I don’t know why they didn’t do that in the first place.”
“Like if I was sunbathing topless in the garden,” she added, “I wouldn’t, but let’s say I did, and the image of me got out. I would be devastated.”
In the nursery where the children study, Knot End and Presall Pre-School, the school administration has given out warnings to the parents concerning the incident after the children’s mother brought it to their attention.
The Lancashire police spokes man said, “A request has been sent to Google to remove the image of the children. The complainant was also advised to send a request.”
Finally, Google through a spokesman spoke out on the image tainting matter. “Google takes a number of steps t protect the images of individuals when images are published on Street View.”
He said, “We automatically blur sensitive information like faces, and vehicle licence plates and in this case, although the faces were already blurred, we applied additional blurring to the image when requested.”