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Eerie streets of abandoned Fukushima town revealed in Google Maps

Zach Miners | March 28, 2013
Google took its Street View cars to the exclusion-zone city of Namie-machi

Google has unveiled some similarly awe-inspiring images of far-off locales in recent weeks. Panoramic photographs of Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro were made available earlier this month, and in January Google Maps released 360-degree imagery of the Grand Canyon.

More broadly, however, the company's imaging efforts have raised some serious privacy implications. Earlier this month Google agreed to pay US$7 million to settle complaints from dozens of U.S. states about personal data it had inadvertently collected with its Street View cars between 2008 and 2010.


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