Google maps 'Street View' application allows anyone to view high resolution images of homes and schools, images that in some cases include children playing outside. Many times parents are unaware such applications exist and are therefore unable to protect their families accordingly.
Although images are not live, Google Street View can memorialize a minor's photograph in association with a physical address without parental consent for all on the Internet to see. Stop Internet Predators urges parents to call for a ban on Street View in their communities until the technology is safeguarded to protect their children's privacy.
Nobody likes a pedophile, but just because a pedophile could use Street View doesn't mean it should be banned. By that standard, we should ban cameras, video cameras, Webcams, and the Internet. And that's to say nothing of cars and phone books.
After receiving the press release from Stop Internet Predators, I e-mailed the group to ask whether there's a single documented case of a pedophile using Google Street View to target children.
I haven't heard back and I expect I won't.
Looking at the list of the group's supporters, I don't see any of Google's major competitors, but when someone puts out something like this, it makes me wonder.
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