by Casey Murphy
Kevin Barrera, 14, was shot and killed in 2009 and the image has been on Google Maps ever since. Police found him in Richmond, California, by a set of railroad tracks. This past Monday the picture was updated.
“Jose Barrera, of Richmond, California, said he discovered the image, visible on Google Maps’ satellite view feature, last week.” (CNN) Google usually does not take images down of their public maps but they said to make an exception due to the circumstances. The image of Kevin will take 8 days to update but Google is keeping the Barrera family posted.
“Your privacy and security are important to us,” the company writes on a Google Maps privacy page. “The Google Maps team takes a number of steps to help protect the privacy and anonymity of individuals when images are collected for Street View, including blurring faces and license plates. You can easily contact the Street View team if you see an image that should be protected or if you see a concerning image.” (CNN)
The U.S. military doesn’t allow Google from capturing images of military installations and the company has cooperated with a request to delete ones that were already posted. Google had to blur many German addresses within the first view months of posting them. “I don’t want people to know what my house looks like or where I live,” said junior Katelyn York, “but not so much to have it removed.”