From Street View Pics to Real-Life Ghosts

Alessia Andreotti
December 12th 2013

Italian artist Paolo Cirio prints life-sized pictures of people found on Google's Street View and posts them at the same spot where they were taken. By taking virtual identities out of the digital world and giving them a new life in three-dimensional reality, he reopens the debate about digital privacy.

Google permanently stores the digital pictures taken by the Google Car online. Cirio considers his “ghosts” victims, as he explains: “These companies keep this data forever, even when we die. And they commercially exploit it”.

To learn more, follow him during a night of work in some of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections on Motherboard.

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