Protests accompany Google’s expansion of Street View

[The Boston Globe] Despite protests from privacy advocates, Google on Tuesday introduced its Street View feature for eight more U.S. cities, offering 360-degree, street-level images of urban life so clear that passers-by often can be identified.The feature is available on Google Maps, which had captured street scenes in 15 American cities before the expansion Tuesday.It has become popular among people planning vacations, searching for shops or restaurants, or checking out landmarks.But it drew protests from privacy advocates when it was introduced in May in San Francisco, where people complained about everything from the clear photos of men entering adult bookstores to an image of a cat in a window.

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