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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?