Google Must Reshoot Every Single Street View Image in Japan

Google's gotta reshoot every Street View image it's taken in Japan from a height 40cm lower than Godzilla's ankle after people complained the photos peeked over their fences.

The current photos—which cover 12 cities—were taken by cameras mounted on sticks stuck on the roof of a car, placing them over the height of most people's fences (seriously), so Google Japan has agreed to lower them by exactly 40cm, as well as to blur any licence plate it comes across.

Given that addresses are essentially useless in Tokyo, you'd think they'd complain less and just be happy Google is making their lives easier. I mean, privacy's, like, dead or something anyway, and I'll gladly trade corpses for convenience. [Japan Today via Daily Tech]

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