With the latest imagery update, France goes Dutch, discovers Henri Willox at Le Blogue du LFG. By which we mean that several places get higher resolution imagery, except that sensitive sites happen to be there, and these are now reduced to 20-meter resolution pixels. (Just like the Dutch imagery Google Earth got last year.)
Because Google Maps hasn’t updated yet, Henri is able to show with screen shots two before-and-after cases. I myself took a Google Maps screenshot and
overlaid it on Google Earth so you can check the difference for yourself using the transparency slider:
I do wish there was full disclosure in these update announcements. If there is a new dose of censorship somewhere, whether justified or not, I’d much prefer to be told right off the bat rather than have to find out via wily bloggers. Organizations that aim to organize the world’s information should despise censorship, and when it happens, document it as a necessary evil, if that’s what it is.