‘Overzealous’ Google Street View blurs cow’s face to protect its privacy
The cow with a blurred muzzle was discovered online by the Guardian paper’s American opinion editor, David Shariatmadari.
Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously pic.twitter.com/ACTBpDwno6— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) 13 сентября 2016 г.
The picture, which quickly went viral and was retweeted over 14,000 times, was taken at Coe Fen, Cambridge in the UK last August.
It showed a large black cow peacefully eating grass on the bank of the Cam River.
A Google spokesman confirmed to the BBC that the company’s face-blurring technology has been “a little overzealous.”
“Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame,” he added.
The picture has led to a wave of humorous comments online as users mock Google’s seriousness towards animal privacy.
The Cambridge cow, however, was not the first animal to have its muzzle obscured in a publicly-released photograph in Britain.
In May, West Midlands police released an image of three sheep stolen in Birmingham, deciding to blur the animals’ faces.