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Google: complete privacy 'does not exist'
Google appears to have gotten themselves into hot water again over privacy concerns, but this time it's Google Street View facility. Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides 360° panoramic street-level views and allows users to view parts of selected cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas at ground level.
The search engine giant is being sued by a Pennsylvanian couple after their home appeared on Google Street View. The couple's house is on a road clearly marked as private property. The couple claim that the value of their property has been affected. Google's response to the alleged invasion of privacy is unsurprisingly candid:
Today's satellite image technology means that even in today's desert, complete privacy does not exist. In any event, the plaintiffs live far away from the desert and are far from hermits
In this age of modern technology, surely there needs to be stricter control on privacy and access to personally identifiable information. Personally I find Google Maps/ Street View an interesting and fun tool to use, but it does tend to blur the black and white of privacy invasion to a shade of grey.
Has Google overstepped the mark?
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28-07-2008, 11:45:51

Lol :D

28-07-2008, 12:38:51


LOL - at first I thought that this was a true rant by you...

LOL so did I. Was about to pull out the [IMG][/IMG] before I realised it was a joke :p

28-07-2008, 14:36:07

PP Mguire
I knew where it was going but geez seriously did you do all that math?

28-07-2008, 15:17:38

WC Annihilus
Nah, he got it from here (or something like it): [URL=""][/URL]

28-07-2008, 16:05:41

yup, crossed it whislt using stumbleupon.

be careful with stumbleupon ppl!!!!!!

its blooming addictive.




28-07-2008, 16:58:17

That is brilliant! ;)

28-07-2008, 17:50:54

Haha. :D

28-07-2008, 20:12:24

haha at first I didn't know if I felt like reading the entire thing, but that was hilarious and I'll think twice before flipping off a chick for sure :D

29-07-2008, 08:39:13


29-07-2008, 16:40:48

Reminds me of a joke i got in a fwd fwd e-mail this morning;

Maths at Catholic Schools ....

Little Zachary was doing very badly in maths..
His parents had tried everything... Tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centres.
In short, everything they could think of to help him with his maths.

Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school.

After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face.
He didn't even kiss his mother Hello.....

Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work.

His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner.
To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting
the books as hard as before.
This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his report.
He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books.
With great trepidation, his Mum looked at it and to her great surprise, little Zachary got an 'A' in math.
She could no longer hold her curiosity.

She went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?'

Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no.

'Well, then,' she replied, 'Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms?

Little Zachary looked at her and said,
'Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy
nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't f**king around.'


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