Edition: United States United States Select Region
Email: Passwd: or sign up free
One News Page
One News Page United States > Front Page > Google's new military-grade aerial mapping raises privacy concerns
Breaking News: San Jose Sharks go up 3-0 on Los Angeles Kings on Patrick Marleau's goal in overtime
Open news article

Google's new military-grade aerial mapping raises privacy concerns

One News Page Staff
Monday, 11 June 2012

Google's new military-grade aerial mapping raises privacy concernsby

U.S. technology giants Google and Apple are deploying aircraft to take highly detailed aerial photographs for their mapping services - a move which has raised privacy concerns

In a race to deploy 3D mapping services with unprecedented detail, U.S. technology giants Google and Apple are deploying high-tech planes equipped with military-grade imaging equipment to film cities with unprecedented detail.

According to a report by the Daily Mail published Monday, the imaging technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan, and can potentially see through skylights and windows and resolve objects just 4 inches in size.

The technology is being deployed aboard small aircraft flying at an altitude of 1,600 feet - low enough to take detailed photos, and high enough to leave people unaware that they are being photographed - often within the privacy of their garden.

To make the creation of high-definition 3D maps possible, aerial filming is carried out from several different angles. This practice inadvertently results in detailed footage of citizen's homes' interior being recorded through windows and skylights.

Consumer groups have voiced their concerns about the new mapping initiative.

Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch – a UK-based campaign group for civil liberties and protecting privacy, was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

"The next generation of maps is taking us over the garden fence," he warned, "You won’t be able to sunbathe in your garden without worrying about an Apple or Google plane buzzing overhead taking pictures."

Google is aiming to have high-resolution 3D mapping coverage of towns and cities with a combined population of more than 300 million by the end of this year, although the Internet giant has not revealed any specific locations so far.

Apple is expected to unveil its new competing mapping application for iPhone, iPad and other devices later on Monday.
Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Comment

You Might Like

Other recent news in Front Page

Demonstrators Celebrate EARTH DAY in New YorkUS SUPREME COURT: Michigan ban on affirmative action OK (+video)
Once A Laggard, Apple Can Now Tout Its Green Record On EARTH DayAEREO CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case
CHINA Mobile iPhone Sales Steady While Japan's Tax Increase Drove Huge March SalesDavid MOYES out as Manchester United manager
Yum's Profit Rises as KFC in China SALES ReboundRare Birth Defects Still Spiking in WASHINGTON State
NEW YORK Police Reach Out on Twitter but Receive a Slap in the FaceNorth KOREA nuclear test 'quite likely'



comments powered by Disqus

•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2014 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
One News Page - Top Headlines RSS Feed RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Advertise  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |  One News Page on Facebook LIKE us on Facebook  One News Page on Twitter FOLLOW us on Twitter  One News Page on Google+ FIND us on Google+

Bullet: One News Page official news app for iPhone Bullet: Our news app for iPhone