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Monday 22 September 2014

Celebrity homes disappearing from Google Street View

A string of celebrities have had their homes blurred out on Google Street View, weeks after the 'right to be forgotten' came into practice

Published 04/07/2014 | 16:41

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The homes of the rich and famous are being blurred out on Google Street View, weeks after the search engine began accepting requests to remove links under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

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The homes of celebrities including Paul McCartney, disgraced former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin, Tony Blair and Lily Allen have been obscured from the 3D mapping service.

Users can navigate streets mapped by Google cars using the feature. Although the homes have been blocked out, the rest of the streets are visible.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's west London home has also been blurred out of the images taken of his street, along with the Surrey mansion belonging to Katherine Jenkins.

The £3.5 million Edinburgh mansion belonging to Fred Goodwin, who was stripped of his knighthood in 2012 after being heavily criticised over his role in the near collapse of RBS, is no longer visible through Street View after images were taken down.

The faces of people and car number plates appearing in Google Street View pictures are blurred to protect identities.

Google told the Express: “We provide easily accessible tools allowing users to request further blurring of any image that features the user, their family, their car or their home.”

Google's Street View is not thought to be affected by the recent European Court of Justice ruling which ruled in May that the search engine must remove information deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” or face a fine.

Individuals can only apply for the removal of a link to an article or picture, rather than the deletion of the information itself.

The message 'Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe' is displayed at the bottom of search results

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