Friday, February 5, 2010

GOOGLE's Street View – Permissible ?

There has been lots of talks regarding Google's Street View effort, as some people feel it is violating individual’s privacy and some people supporting it. Usually the photos that are uploaded online in charging people with crimes are not taken into account by police. Recently, a property owner in Canada was caught red handed with illegal removal of trees after Google's Street View images appear to catch the tree choppers. The Google camera just happened to be passing through the neighborhood when the axing occurred and caught a truck on the site, as well as workmen and a row of fresh tree stumps. It’s not yet clear whether those images will be taken as valid evidence whereas the policemen don’t have any other option. The city’s tree law requires a permit to remove any tree above a certain size. Out of 23 trees, the owner had obtained a permit to remove only two. If this crime is proved it is said that the culprit has to pay the fine for illegal removal ranges between $500 and $20,000 per tree. Whatever may be the result, I am sure that there would be some argument prevailing among the people not about the punishment but about the presence of Google cameras. As per the survey, Canadian authorities have been some of the most resistant to the presence of Google’s controversial cameras in streets. The company launched its Street View service in parts of the U.S. and Canada in 2007 and has since expanded to 12 other countries.

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