Forget Your Privacy, Let Google Street View Publicly Identify You
Anyone who's ever used the internet, let alone social media sites and networks, knows that privacy is a digital illusion.
We are ever-more indexable, searchable, findable, contactable and now easily identifiable, publicly, for all the world to see. Google Street View's impressive street-level photographic technology has captured wonderfully-panoramic shots of some of the globe's most memorable metropolis' — but it has also allowed virtual insight into the private lives of citizens who happened to be caught in the blink of Google's omniscient eye.
With those images then uploaded to its open internet portal, Google's gaze is coming under increasing fire and criticism for unwittingly identifying individuals the world over — and potentially posing "a security threat" rather than protecting their privacy as they had initially claimed.
In the UK, this has evolved into a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner to have the service "switched off" until Google has properly addressed the issue of individuals being made public without their consent.
Alas, for the time being, unless you happen to stumble across a Google-grabbed picture of yourself in an inadvertently compromising...er...position, you'll simply be left wondering about whehter or not you might need to have your privacy un-infringed.
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