Reportedly the change was made just 10 days after Street View launched, but Google has kept it pretty quiet. That is until earlier this week when Marissa Mayer, VP of search products and user experience at Google, mentioned it at the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose. According to CNet, she said:
"We looked at it and we thought that's really silly because that's not the point of this product. The purpose is to show what the stores look like, what houses look like," she said. "If someone says, 'Hey, there's a face here,' ... it doesn't matter whose face it is."