Google and Privacy

Google Streetview is a 1-year old internet service that allows users to view street snapshots of major cities in the US. The point of the program was to allow those interested to observe the street-life of a particular city. Like all Google applications, Streetview is entirely free and passes no cost on to consumers.

For its first year of operation, Streetview captured shots that included the faces of countless people wherever photographs were taken. The program came under scrutiny of proponents of individual privacy. Privacy advocators claimed the photographs, made available to anyone in the world, were a basic violation of privacy. Yielding to the pressures and hoping to avoid any future problems, the internet giant is implementing a new software technology to blur the faces taken in Streeview photographs.

Personally, I don’t see how this is a privacy issue. Google is a thriving private business and should be allowed to carry on. But at least their change is not a forced action by the government. I often wonder why people make such a big deal out of some issues in the name of privacy. What are your thoughts, is this a legitimate privacy problem that Google needs to address?

~ Not Albert Spear

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Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 2:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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