Me, paranoid?

June 8, 2007 at 7:56 am 2 comments

Photo taken by KimWell, maybe; but maybe not! Lots of recent posts have been about how we’re being watched, cookied and catalogued in a society that is (IMHO) allowing its right to freedom to be compromised – by CCTV cameras, fingerprinting, Google Street View, cookies and so on. I tried to critically assess whether I am getting too obsessed about all this through a post the other day – Is Privacy a Generational Thing? I even made a promise to myself to find other pet topics and leave off the ‘surveillance society’ issues for awhile.

But then….my RSS feed turned up this article from Wired. And now I don’t feel quite so paranoid anymore:)- The article talks generally about the illusion of privacy and then goes on to look at Google Street View, which I hyperventilated over in an earlier post. My legal background gives me cause to ask just how solid is Google’s legal footing – Street View can take a snapshot of any innocent Joe Blow walking down the street. Certainly, there’s a legal argument to say if you’re in public space, you’re fair game – but I want to look into this more.

Meantime, I couldn’t write it any better than Wired: “Google is invading your privacy for the same reason (and only reason) it does anything. It smells a chance to make money and it’s going to make money, and to hell with you and your privacy. Do no evil? Balls. Greed, unfortunately, is another American characteristic. One that will eventually destroy us.”

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  • 1. psimitar  |  June 9, 2007 at 5:27 am

    Ooh, I’m going to have to read that Wired article in full. But isn’t Google Street View just doing something every cityscape stock-photographer does for a fee anyways? Unless they were charging a standard fee for updated images to clients intent of invading individual’s privacy, how is it a direct violation? Maybe I should just read the article before I start to pontificate?

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  • 2. thinkingshift  |  June 9, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Hi there
    I think this is the issue: it’s probably quite lawful what Google is doing, but does lawful make it right? is this an intrusion on our sense of space and privacy? have a look at some of the images Google is capturing http://mashable.com/2007/05/31/top-15-google-street-view-sightings/

    Some are just plain funny, but others make you wonder if it’s too close for comfort.
    Thx for leaving your comment!
    Kim

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