MILLSBORO, Del.— A little white car plastered with a Google logo has recently been spotted all over Delmarva.
It's on the peninsula for the street-view element of the company's ongoing, online mapping system.
The vehicle pulled into 16-year-old Ben Warrington's driveway in Millsboro on Tuesday morning.
"I was freaking out," Warrington said. "I was trying to look at Google to see if I was on there already, but I guess not yet."
Google's street view provides panoramic shots from all over the world, but is not supposed to show individuals' faces or private information like car license numbers, according to the company's privacy regulations.
Sightings of the cars, outfitted with a tall camera contraption, have stirred discussions of privacy issues on Delmarva as Google posts the images online for anyone to see.
Mary Martin is concerned about the company gathering all that data and taking pictures in her neighborhood.
"I think it invades people's privacy and puts you in vulnerable situation," Martin said.
The pictures are not uploaded in real time and Google says it can take several months for images to appear online. Concerned users can ask Google to consider blurring images of private house, cars, and people by clicking "report a problem" on the left side of a street view image.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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