Google Street View and Privacy

by filip_bec on September 11, 2013 - 11:56pm

Have you every seen a Google Street View Car? These cars are just like normal cars, except they have big cameras on the roof. The images that this camera takes are then transferred of Google Maps, and this is how you are able to see houses, roads and everything around. Noting really harmful, so why Attorneys did sue Google?

The problem with these nice cameras was that they were enabled to extract data from houses, such as emails, pictures, passwords and even documents. Now you see the big deal. The U.S Court said that users should be protected when a company, such as Google, tries to collect personal data. Google apologized for this mistake, and promised to stop gathering data from houses. But they said that in more than 30 countries, connecting to a Wifi server and collecting data was not illegal.

This brings me to question: How far will human privacy go? Back in the days, privacy was something really important, because it was our identity. Violation of privacy was a big crime. Nowadays, people tend to forget the real meaning of privacy. With facebook , we expose ourselves to the world, without analysing the risks and the consequences. Even Google found a way of “stealing” something that is ours. This article proves how technology grows faster than human laws. We need to re-evaluate them, because now, the threat is the technology, because it will always find a way to pass between the laws. Technology is great, I’m not denying that. But we need to start controlling it, and start waking up.

More information about the situation of Google can be found on the link down below:

http://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2013/09/10/google_went_too_far_with_street_view_data_collection_us_court_rules.html

 

Comments

Some people have always know, or somewhat suspected, that their actions, documents and conversations are being monitored, in one way or another. I don’t necessarily believe that the latter is true. However, I am aware that everything I do on the internet is slightly supervised. Nevertheless, I never would have expected Google to spy on me. Spying is a form of cheating and lying, and to me that makes it utterly wrong. From a deontological point of view, nothing justifies using treachery and illegal methods to extract private information from a person’s home. In my opinion, Google is trying too hard to prove that it is the world’s number one research engine. The company no longer cares about breaking laws or violating privacy. Its main focus is finding information and making it available to the entire world, in any way possible. Obviously, monetary gain and technological advancement is of better value to them than privacy.

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