Does Google Need to Zoom Out?
Google Mapping. It’s all the rage right now, being used for finding a certain location via an actual picture of the location. I can understand why it was invented. To help make directions easier, so I would hope. However, you can see where it may be a problem in regard to privacy. I’ve been shown various places, and even used the google map to see a house I was traveling to in another state last February, just to get an idea of where I was going. Yes, it proved helpful, but was it really necessary that I see the house before I arrive? No, it wasn’t. That was the last time I’d used google maps. Until today, that is. I started doing research on the general public being worried about the privacy of their lives, and it’s a unanimous concern. One woman zoomed into her house, and could see her cat sitting in her window. That’s a little extreme, don’t you think? I decided to look up the house I’d lived in previously, with my parents, a few years ago. I figured they wouldn’t take an individual picture of the townhouse in which I live, since it’s in a complex. What I found was this. The garage door open, and I was able to even zoom in to see what was inside. I could see the cars in the garage, and in the driveway. This is quite alarming. I could see the door that was inside the garage, showing anyone on the internet how to get into the house. Just being able to see the types of cars a person drives makes me a little uneasy when I think about the creeps that could find that information, and stalk you. What do you think? My advice to you is this: look up your own house, the house where your parents live, the house where your siblings, or children live. That’s the only way you’ll fully understand how I felt when I saw my parent’s home. Of course, looking at someone else’s home is always going to be a little fun, see where they live, be a little nosy, but until you actually look at your own place, you won’t understand how truly invasive this type of technology is. What do you think? I know I’m going to draw my shades a little tighter.