posted on May, 4 2009 @ 10:32 AM
I just emailed my cousin who after working for 10+ years in Venezuela has moved back to the U.S. As fate would have it he now works for the U.S.
Census Bureau. Here is his reply regarding the GPS coordinates.
"Yes, it's true. The reason is this: sometimes an address for the same house might change. They change the street name, numerical identity, etc.
Other times, the address is not marked on the house (especially in rural zones), so the Census Bureau takes a map spot with a GPS device so the living
quarters can be located or reidentified when there is a change. I can tell you that as a census worker, it has been very handy when trying to figure
out where the house at a certain address listing is located.
My thoughts on this is "big deal"...They can look into our back yards on Google Earth anyway. Pictures of our front doors are on Google Maps when
you go to street view, so who cares if they take their own GPS coordinates? There are more troubling acts of government to worry about...Focus on the
ones that matter guys.