In recent decades, the development of Internet technology has brought the world into the era of big data. People can easily find the information they want, even if it is a place name in a foreign country that they once only read in books.
Especially in recent years, people do not travel as convenient as before, some people began to use street view map began "cloud travel", street view camera shot of the real scene, with the mouse can "teleport" to the place you want to go, street view map shot of the people also left a unique trace in the huge database.
▲ Image from: Google
Recently, Italian police used Google Street View images to capture Gioacchino Gammino, 61, a former member of the Sicilian Mafia called Stidda, who had been on the run for nearly 20 years. He escaped from Rome's Rebibbia prison in 2002 and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003 for a murder committed several years earlier.
For nearly two decades, Gammino lived under the pseudonym Manuel, working as a chef and running a fruit shop. Police have officially spotted Gioacchino Gammino in front of a fruit shop in the Spanish town of Galapaga on Google Street View.
▲ Police found photos of Gammino, from: Google
Using this as a clue, police later identified Gammino when they found a photo of him on the Facebook page of La Cocina de Manu, which means Manu's kitchen.
"How did you find me? I haven't called my family in 10 years," Gammino said when he was found by police.
Gammino arrested by police, photo from: Sohu
While Google's Street View feature is a success, it also raises a question: How does street View protect people's privacy?
Since Google launched Street View in 2007, there has been controversy over privacy. Some of the license plates, building doors and even faces in the street View images are not blurred, which has prompted complaints from users in many places that this is a serious violation of their privacy rights. The European Union even required Google to inform people before taking pictures and uploading maps.
▲ Pictures from: Tvbs News network
In response to users' complaints about privacy protection, Google has said that its efforts not only meet users' need to circumvent privacy, but also comply with local laws.
Google has since made improvements, such as blurring images of car license plates and faces, making it impossible to show a location if a user submits a request for information they don't want others to see, and removing photos of certain locations from Street View.
▲ Street View screenshot, image from: Google
After improvement, now in most of Google street view images, see a face, plates and other information is blurred, but according to privacy related description in Google maps, if users to upload the video content, does not automatically fuzzy processing, that is to say in some pictures, still can see the face clearly.
Of course, users can report to Google to remove unprocessed photos of their faces, license plates or homes.
▲ Image from: Google
They say the Internet is a double-edged sword. Google's Street View gives us a richer view of the world and can even be a crime-solving tool, but anyone can become a part of a scene without knowing it. In the age of big data, maybe we can't hide ourselves.