posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 03:34 AM
So, now we have GoogleEarth switching from helpful roadmaps to pictures of your house for all to see in stunning detail. This is a step too far and
certainly constitutes an invasion of privacy for many many people.
The pictures are well defined enough to be able to see the contents of rooms through windows, to be able to examine locks and security devices at
leisure, even to see what the television was showing at the time of the snap.
We have enough problems with government intruding into our homes without GoogleEarth going one step further and inviting the whole world to be able to
stand outside of your house.
OK, there may be a touch of humour about the poor girl caught changing her clothing, snapped in her Mickey Mouse underwear (or even less) for all the
world to see. GoogleEarth indicates that they will amend photo's that show "distressing" images but thousands of people may see you relaxing at
home before you are aware of the intrusion - if you are even on the internet!
"So what?" people may say. OK, imagine a crowd of people standing right outside your house looking into your front windows, scrutinising your
house. Then make those people anonymous. A criminal minority checking the security of your house, a perverted minority checking for evidence of
children scattered about the living room floor, your privacy used for titillation of the masses.
Don't know what all the fuss is about? It is just a harmless snapshot of houses in roads and streets that anybody could walk up and visit? Sure...
To the point that if you noticed a person on the street staring into your home for a quarter of an hour you would probably take action, confronting
them or even calling the police to report suspicious activity.
Now it is laid out on a plate. Privacy has literally gone out of the window.
If I'm wrong, just a knee-jerk reaction, please tell me. Please reassure me that this does not provide an opportunity for our homes and indeed,
lives, to be stripped yet further of privacy.