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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 21, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    Google gets slammed for Street View

    Ciara O'Brien

    It must be tough being Google. I mean, you try to throw out some new services, out of the goodness of your own heart, and there are people standing by waiting to stomp all over your efforts with talk of “privacy”.

    Google Latitude caused enough rumblings among those who were worried they’d be stalked through the service, which pinpoints your location on a map (sometimes less accurately than you’d think, unless I actually sleep in a field in Kildare and haven’t noticed).

    Now Google Street View is getting the flak. The service, which has gone live in 25 UK cities, has already had complaints, leading to some photos being pulled. The offending images include someone being sick in the street (lovely), some unlucky fecker getting snapped going into a sex shop and pictures that people felt were a little too close for comfort to their homes.

    BBC has more

    • Chris Lang says:

      Street view is just about the first virtual reality application we have ever seen outside of a movie CGI scenario.

      What is really powerful is Google Latitude. Google latitude does not display where you are, it simply displays what you tell Google.

      You can opt not to tell them anything, not to allow them to display anything and who to display what to.

      No one can see your location unless you have a two way relationship in Gmail, them you still both have to agree that you are sharing through latitude. Then you still can simply set it to something comercial.

      If you are a business owner I would definitely be using Google Latitude and I would sharing my location with everyone I could thru Google Friend Connect and Latitude.

      AND I WOULD BE SETTING MY LOCATION TO MY BUSINESS ADDRESS.

      How could anyone owning a brick and mortar business not understand this?

      Chris Lang
      http://googlingsocial.com