Google Street View Cars: Roof Cameras Not Enough

While driving in the city I noticed a car with a camera perched up high on the roof, in an instant I knew that this was a Google Street View car. These cars are used to map a road so that the images can then be used on their Google Earth program. It is no secret that some people are not happy with these cars, but when the Privacy Regulator in Italy announced that Google will need to label their cars clearly I had to laugh.

Forgive me if I am wrong, but that camera that stands at least five feet above the roof tells me what it is, so why would you need a label as well? Reuters also reports that the regulators also said that Google will have to share information of the cars itinerary three days before. This will have to be done on the radio and sharing details with newspapers.

OK, we can understand that these Street View cars have been collecting emails and passwords via open Wi-Fi Networks, something that Google has been looking into.

However, I do not understand why people would need to know when the vehicle is coming, they see what we see on a daily basis.

Do you think that some of these recent European laws are now getting out of hand? There are millions of us who use such a service, and at least we know about it. What about those satellites that circle above the earth — we do not know what they are up too?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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