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Site's Security Prompt Incites Concerns

PRIVACY

April 16, 2012

The Telegraph reports that a new security verification feature currently being tested by Google is raising concerns among some privacy advocates. The new feature asks users to verify their account by typing in house numbers taken from Google's Street View images. Since the house number images are blurry, the security check can filter out bots, the report states, but the data entry--checked against entries from other users--also verifies Street View data for the company. Big Brother Watch's Nick Pickles said, "There is a serious privacy issue with identifying the individual number of people's homes." A company spokesman said the security feature is only used about 10 percent of the time and that there are no security risks in the practice.
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