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Google Street View blurred a cow's face for privacy

Something amoosing happened on Street View when Google's face-blurring software decided to hide the identity of a large cow.

Google Street View cameras don't discriminate. They see everything in their path, whether it's a building, a person or a beast. People get their faces obscured for the sake of privacy, but Google's automated blurring software got a little impulsive when it smudged out a cow's face.

Guardian US opinion editor and writer David Shariatmadari tweeted an image of the anonymous cow on Monday with the message "Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously." It promptly racked up thousands of retweets and likes. The cow could be seen nibbling on grass near a river in Cambridge, UK, but its face is obscured.

Visiting Coe Fen in Cambridge on Google Maps reveals several other cows along the river, but their faces aren't blurred. The identities of two humans sitting on a bench nearby remain concealed.

Google first implemented face-blurring in 2008, but nothing is perfect. The Street View image was taken in August 2015 and it seems the cow was not available for comment.

The company, however, did respond to a request for comment. "It's clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous," Google said. "Of course, we don't begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame."

(Via The Guardian)