Fugitive found in Google Street View after hiding for 20 years

The development of Internet technology for decades has brought the world into the era of big data. People can easily find the information they want, even if it is a place name in a foreign country that was only read in books.

Especially in recent years, people's travel is not as convenient as before. Some people began to use the street view map to start "cloud travel". The real scene captured by the street view camera can be "teleported" to the place they want to go with the mouse. People photographed in Street View also left unique traces in the vast database.

▲ Picture from: Google

Not long ago, Italian police used Google's Street View images to capture a mafia fugitive who had been on the run for nearly 20 years – 61-year-old Gioacchino Gammino, who was originally a member of a Sicilian mafia group called Stidda, who came from Rome in 2002 He escaped from Rebibbia prison in 2003 and was sentenced to life in prison in 2003 for a murder he committed a few years earlier.

For nearly two decades, Gammino, living under the pseudonym Manuel, not only became a chef, but also opened a fruit shop. Police officially found a figure similar to Gioacchino Gammino in front of a fruit shop in the Spanish town of Galapaga in Google Street View footage.

▲The police found a photo of Gammino, the picture comes from: Google

The police then took this as a clue and found a photo of Gammino on the Facebook page of La Cocina de Manu (meaning Manu's Kitchen), identifying him.

Gammino took pains to hide for many years, but he never thought that a street view photo exposed himself. When the police found him, he was still puzzled: "How did you find me? I haven't called my family for 10 years."

▲Gammino was arrested by the police, the picture comes from: Sohu

Although Google's Street View function "made a contribution" this time, it also exposed a question: How does the Street View function ensure people's privacy?

Privacy-related controversies have existed since Google introduced Street View in 2007. Because some license plates, building numbers, and even faces in the Street View images were not blurred, users in many places were dissatisfied, believing that this behavior seriously violated their privacy rights. The European Union even requires Google to inform the parties before the filming and the uploading of the map.

▲ Picture from: Tvbs News Network

In response to users' dissatisfaction with privacy protection, Google has said: Google's work will not only meet the needs of users to circumvent privacy, but also comply with local laws.

After that, Google has indeed made improvements, such as blurring the photographed license plate numbers and faces. If the user submits an application for the location of the information that they do not want others to see, Google will also make the location undisplayable, and some Photos of places are removed from Street View.

▲Street view screenshot, picture from: Google

After improvement, now in most of the pictures of Google Street View, you can see that the information such as faces, license plates and other information is blurred, but according to the relevant instructions on privacy in Google Maps, if it is non-video content uploaded by users, it is not It will be automatically blurred, which means that in some pictures, you can still see clear faces.

Of course, if a user finds an unprocessed photo of their face, license plate, or home, they can also remove it by reporting it to Google.

▲ Picture from: Google

People always say that the Internet is a double-edged sword. Google's Street View function gives us a richer perspective to see the world, and it can even be called a tool for solving crimes, but everyone may become "" People in the Scene". In the era of big data, we may not be able to hide ourselves.

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