A lawyer is warning that Google and Apple spy planes are threatening privacy.
A lawyer says New Zealanders have a reason to be concerned, that Google and Apple are using spy planes to capture online mapping.
They are both preparing to launch new maps this year with enough detail to clearly show objects only 10 centimetres wide.
Describing the move as using spy planes with Apple’s military grade cameras reportedly powerful enough to see into homes through skylights and windows.
With this new technology people should be concerned about technology encroaching on personal privacy, however many people are becoming desensitised to the intrusion on their lives, saying what can we do?.
Google has sent planes to capture pictures in a higher resolution than has previously been used by either satellite images or car mounted cameras.
Is privacy risked being sacrificed in a commercial race, with the next generation of maps taking us over?
Google has not revealed which cities and towns will be covered by 3D imagery, which it expects to release at the end of the year, the locations reportedly have a combined population of 300 million, with new technologies developing too quickly for laws to keep up.
Most of the people are just overwhelmed by what the technology offers and even fascinated by it, new mapping technology is something people should be really concerned about, not just for privacy of information but for physical privacy as well.
There is quite a lot of information out there already, most people would not be threatened by the new mapping technology, considering Google has made concerted efforts in the past to blur faces of people and car number plates.
Google and Apple would be expected to provide public notification of the details of where to be using the new mapping technology, without public notification this kind of activity is an intrusion into the privacy of individuals made worse by the fact that it is carried out under a veil of secrecy where there is neither knowledge nor awareness on the part of the public of any of the relevant details.