Googles Street View Cars Grabbed Private Data
surprise! Google not only invaded your privacy by taking photos of your home, but also grabbed your passwords and other sensitive information!
http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2010/ … vate-data/
I checked out my house on Google Street Views and it looked horrible! The photo was taken in Jan when the whole neighborhood looked bleak and dreary. So, I turned around and checked out the rest of the street. A couple houses away, the photos were taken in spring. So the rest of the street looks beautiful! Lush, green, neat and wonderful.
I got to thinking. If I were looking for a house to buy, and checked out my own house on there, I wouldn't dream of looking at my house because it looks like it's in a slum. The site could affect my ability to sell my house!
Personally, I love street view and don't mind my house being on it! I am actually in a picture too, saw their car as it drove by and about 4-6 months later, my car showed up. Wish I had thought to do something
I love using streetview when checking directions, because I can get a real look at what an intersection or turn will look like. Extremely useful...
In regards to their mapping though, I think they definitely went about it the wrong way.
They could have achieved the same sort of mapping by just keeping track of the names of the wireless networks. I think that would have been reasonable and is the logical thing to do. Capturing and storing all the packets was unnecessary and, I think, in poor ethics.
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