3-D Map This - Said the Nude Sunbather in the Senator's Office During a Meeting

Thursday, December 13, 2012
When it comes to 3-D mapping, online mapping software, and mobile map apps for this purpose sometimes I think the paranoia and conspiracy theorists have gone a little over the edge. Of course, on the other hand, it certainly does make sense to keep all these things in check. Now then, currently there seems to be a double conspiracy, and it is causing a double whammy on the political scene. Okay so let's talk about this for second shall we?
We know that people are worried that the Google mapping often gets up close and personal, as in pictures taken in front of your house, business, or your children's school. We also know that many Americans are worried about being spied on by unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV drones flying over US airspace. Now then, if we put these two things together, you can see how much this rattles some people's cage.
There was an interesting article in the San Jose, CA Mercury News on June 19, 2012 titled; " Google and Apple draw scrutiny for flying 'military-grade spy planes' in mapping 3-D efforts," by Alexei Oreskovic. And it seems there is no end to the fear amongst the citizenry about the use of UAVs and their personal privacy or all this inherent on-going surveillance these days. The article stated that:

"Senator Schumer is accusing them of "an unprecedented invasion of privacy" by using filming technology capable of imaging objects as small as 4 inches. His concerns over Apple's and Google's reported "digital mapping plans that use military-grade spy planes with enough precision to see through windows, catch detailed images of private backyard activities, and record images as small as four inches."
Okay so, we already know that the paparazzi is using small unmanned drones, generally remote-control model aircraft to spy on their celebrity targets and take close-up pictures of them on the beach, or sunbathing in their backyard, and they probably hope to get a nude or scantily clad photo - as that would be worth a bundle. I suppose if this continues, there will be very few people that will sun bathing nude even in their own backyards, or anyone wishing to partake in a nudist colony retreat for fear of having some ding-bat send the link to 10 thousand Facebook friends.
Is this situation being overblown, or are people just starting to wake up, and decide just how much privacy there are willing to give away, and what they would like to keep? Still, no matter what happens from here on out, throwing this into the political arena in a presidential election year is sure to spark controversy and global media headlines - what a mess this is going to be. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.


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