Originally Posted by Mason609
Violation of what privacy? Can't be used to see who lives there, can't be used to see inside, can't be used to see if there is anything of value that was sold to that address OR is being stored there. So, if someone were going to rob/invade your house, they won't need to use the street view setting. Same thing with stalkers, odds are, they ALREADY know where you live (they ARE stalkers, after all). Use a lil bit of common sense and logical reasoning here.
Speaking of common sense and logic....
If I was a thief I wouldn't bother spending the gas money to case neighborhoods anymore,because I could see who's got nice homes from the comfort of my sitting room.
If I was a stalker I could check out the best places to hide on my targets property without having to actually risk going there and looking it over for myself,exposing me to possible arrest,a restraining order,public awareness of my little stalking problem etc.
If I was an armed home invader I could study my target-locate entry and exit points,see if theres any visible signs of security and/or reinforcement such as bars,placards in the yard,steel doors,etc.
In each scenario,I may not be able to gain 100% of the information I wanted to,but its all good.Cause the information I have from google is a very good start.And its super easy to get.
One of the primary ways someone plans to assault a location is by gathering as much information as possible,and sure,they can do that by sitting outside your house and watching.But now,they don't have to.
All they have to do is look your house up on Google maps and *poof*,they can study the outside layout,determine the best approach,where there might be a hidden access point (a place they can break in without having to expose themselves to random observation)- all without having to expose themselves by sitting on your curb taking the pictures themselves.
Because Google makes it easier.With google streetview,I can see every window,every door,your neighbors and their proximity,your street and the lights that may or may not illuminate it at night..........
Couple that with the information everyone seems so readily willing to post on twitter,CIASpace(myspace),and FBIBook(facebook),information of a PERSONAL nature that when I was growing up people wouldn't go out and post all over the neighborhood,but are now willing to tell the whole world........
I,myself,once had a stalker get turned on to my wife from her facebook account.Its no fun getting calls at 12am from creeps talking about doing "crazy stuff" to your old lady.
Nor is it any fun getting 3 or 4 hours of sleep every night for weeks keeping your eye out for said creep.
There have been cases where there are people who rob other people when they post on twitter that they're gone on vacation.
I'll tell you what.
Give me your address and I'll look it up on google maps.
Not only will I be able to tell alot about you just based on the outside of your house,but I can tell you in broad strokes exactly where and when someone might try to get into your house,simply based on the pictures I can find on google- oh,and whether or not its even worth the time.
No point breaking into homes that aren't worth money,because homes that are worth money usually mean theres good stuff inside.
Thieves used to have to case neighborhoods by driving around in them to see where they want to target next.
Now,they can do it from the comfort of their own homes.
Thanks to google maps.
People really need to take better care of their privacy.Unfortunately,with google maps,you don't get to have a say in whether or not your very own home is made available pictorially for the whole world to see.
And thats not right.
In fact,its bull****.
In todays day and age,the question "what privacy" is pretty valid,because we really have none.
Despite privacy being one of those "implied rights" the 9th Amendment is all about.