Google's automated face-blurring software blurs out a cow’s face in Street View image

Google's automated face-blurring software blurs out a cow’s face in Street View image

In a harmless mistake made by Google’s automated face-blurring software, a Street View image of a cow grazing on the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge, England, has its face blurred for privacy!

The automated face-blurring software was first implemented by Google in 2008, in a move to blur out people’s faces in Street View images for the sake of privacy.

However, the face-blurring software used by Google for obscuring people’s faces in Street View images apparently become a bit too impulsive when it blurred out a cow's face in a Street View image captured in August 2015.

The image of the anonymous cow was tweeted on Monday by Guardian US opinion editor and writer David Shariatmadari, along with a message that said: "Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously."

With the tweet by Shariatmadari quickly racking up hordes of retweets and likes, a Google spokesperson – in a request for comment on the cow’s blurred face – said: "It's clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous…. Of course, we don't begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame."

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