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THIS IS WHAT THE GOOGLE STREET VIEW IMAGE LOOKS LIKE ON SCREEN.
Everybody is watching everybody else and you can too!
A reader recently asked if the GUARDIAN had any concerns about the new STREET VIEW feature on Google Maps. We clicked it up and the short answer is: Maybe, maybe not. (insert the address and select “street view”)
We are all on camera at the bank, gas station, office, at every major intersection, in motels, and at McDonalds. Is it any worse to have photos online of your house taken from the street?
The folks at Google drove up and down every street in Boise and coordinated 360 degree images with GPS and street maps over the past year or so. The result is a feature more amazing than the satellite views of Google Earth.
Mrs. Guardian immediately had concerns for single women, crime victims, etc. Others we contacted were concerned about the cops depending on the online feature for raids, assaults, and warrant service–with no certainty the address is correct or the info is current.
While we can see the uses by cops to view a neighborhood, we can also see bad guys using the same technology for nefarious purposes like burglary or worse.
A good story on WIKIPEDIA explains that some areas are not covered at the request of Homeland Defense. Which leads us to a bunch of questions:
–How would the Boise Police, Ada Sheriff, judges, and prosecutors, corrections officers, and city councilors feel about their homes and addresses being featured on the site (not by name, but by number)?
–How about all those other public servants like legislators?
–Should those who are paid to serve us be allowed anonymity?
–Would school teachers use it to judge students by the caliber of their residence?
–Do we have a right to see the mansion of a county official making $50,000?
–Can divorced women in fear of ex-husbands have their addresses eliminated?
–If they can’t legislate porn and public records off the internet, how can they kill the photos?
And the list goes on. The big question for the GUARDIAN is, “why has Google spent so much to record every home in a bunch of cities and what is the eventual business model?”
Those cyber dudes obviously have a plan to make big bucks off selling the data. Who buys it?
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