A mum from Blackpool has been left seething after learning that photos of her naked children were published onto Google Maps. Laura Halsam, 27, left her kids Brooke, four and Eva, three, to play outside in their fenced-off front garden in the nude.
Whilst the faces of the two youngsters were blurred, their naked bodies were clearly evident. Lauren reported the image to Google after it was captured in 2016 and later contacted the police to get the photo removed.
She commented “I don’t know how long it’s been there for, but it looks like it was taken last summer.
“It was a hot day and I put the paddling pool out at the front of the house because that’s where the sun is – but I certainly won’t be doing that again.”
Since her complaint was made, the image has become fully blurred so the bodies can no longer be seen.
Whilst discussing the image, she said “I couldn’t believe it when a neighbour knocked on the door and said ‘you need to look on Google maps because your kids are naked on the internet. I honestly thought nothing of it and thought he was winding me up – but then I was just so shocked to see it.
I mean, they had their faces blurred out but it was enough for a paedophile to get a kick out of it.”
A Lancashire police spokesperson commented on the error: “A request was sent to Google to remove the image of the children. The complainant was also advised to send a request.”
A Google Street View spokesperson also commented: “Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when images are published to Street View.
“We automatically blur sensitive information like faces and vehicle licence plates and in this case although the faces were already blurred, we applied additional blurring to the image when requested.”