Google Maps Street View: helpful feature or voyeur's paradise?



BoingBoing reader Mary Kalin-Casey reports that the Google Maps closeup of her house is so detailed, that you can see that her cat, sleeping in the window, is a tabby. Further comments note that a nearby crosswalk has a recognizable woman walking across it, a man spots his neighbor taking out the trash, and one can very clearly see a tollbooth operator at Golden Gate Bridge. Or, if you’re bored, you can watch a strip club entrance until you gather blackmail material. (Unless they have submitted their location as infringing privacy and asked it be blocked.) CNet and Wired are both gathering more detailed reports of experiences with Street View or “inadvertant, urban snapshots”. [GT]

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