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All Joking Aside…
How do you feel about a company that makes Americans feel this way?

“There isn’t any privacy, get over it,” says Google’s Vint Cerf and then tries to revise his statement by saying,” I was trying to suggest that we really have entered a period when things are a lot less private.”

I can only ask, why doesn’t Cerf take credit for the fact that Google hasn’t ‘entered’ this age – they’ve been the #1 force behind its creation.

Greg Sterling warns:

Whether or not Google actually believes (privately) that there’s no privacy in fact it’s ill advised for the company to aggressively take that position publicly.

How do you really feel about the world according to Google in which nearly anything you own could become fodder for their advertising revenue? I’ve already voiced my opinion of this in ladylike terms, but readers of Valley Wags’ How Street View Will Harsh On Your Buzz were rather more pointed in their response to Google mapping the marijuana plantations of Humboldt county:

- Driving down a private road in Humboldt? That’s a fast way to get shot, seriously.

– With a hugely conspicuous camera rig mounted to your roof, no less.

The public response I’ve encountered to Google’s actions ranges from who cares, to tolerant, to supportive, to up-in-arms, to an entire community in Minnesota telling Google to get out of town. Say Google is violating your privacy and you risk being styled a techo-phobe. Say you love it and risk being likened to Stalin. Either way, we are all awaiting the results of any court actions that are revolving and will revolve around new technologies like Street View.

I continue to laugh to myself (albeit in a bitter, cynical kind of way) about the Google Street View car driver who pleaded not to be photographed by the public, and the reports I hear every time someone I know visits the Googleplex and is carefully instructed as to where they are and aren’t allowed to take photos. Irony? Hypocracy? Controversy, at the very least.

In the meantime, some really web 2.0 nursery ought to swipe my idea and start selling Google-proof hedges. Guaranteed to work until Google starts equipping their drivers with clippers.

3 Responses to “Google-Proof Hedge Keeps Street View Out!”

  1. on 26 Aug 2008 at 6:24 am David Thurman

    I was shocked Sunday when I was helping my girlfriend get directions from town to an airport 30 miles away to see Google has done their street view in our town, I “drove around” and was able to peer into front windows that had their currents open. Not to sure how I fee about the need to “zoom” into someone’s front window. I noticed also that you can see over some privacy fences.

    Oh well, Google will soon catalog everything, control what we are allowed to see, and decide what is important, and what isn’t. Such a warm and fuzzy feeling to know that someday, a company with the motto :Do No Evil” will have the capability to do just that (okay maybe I am being a bit of a drama queen, but really makes you think).

    Another great article Miram.


  2. on 26 Aug 2008 at 6:25 am David Thurman

    currents = curtains (not enough coffee)

  3. on 26 Aug 2008 at 12:44 pm admin

    Thank you, David,
    And yes, it really does make you think. Like all tools, the wielder seems to determine whether the tool is used for good or ill.

    In the hands of your girlfriend, this is a way to get to the airport. In the hands of a dictator or nut, this is a way to spy on that most private of places – the family abode.

    I can’t help feeling irritated when the inventors of potentially dangerous tools take the not-my-responsibility road in matters like these. I guess I’m trying to work through those feelings about what I consider to be a highly invasive application by making a little joke.

    In truth, I do feel concern about people trading their personal rights for technology. In the end, I don’t think it’s a healthy trade.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with Street View and for your kind praise!

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