John Hanke, Product directory for Maps and Earth at Google, responded to the French report that I mentioned the other day.
Does Google Earth ever censor or alter any data due to military or security concerns?
"To date, we haven't made any changes to data."
What about the incident regarding the White House grounds reported in the French study?
"It was a USGS data set and in that data the USGS pixellated three areas. We had that data up for about a year and we recently pushed out some higher resolution data for about 40 cities, including Washington, D.C., from a private vendor, Sanborn. We did not make alterations to the prior data set."