I will admit, when it comes to private sector action, I’m not a big privacy advocate.Â I don’t really care if my supermarket chain knows what brand of toothpaste I prefer, or how often I buy paper towels.Â I also don’t get how Google’s new street zoom features is violating anyone’s privacy.Â When you’re in a public place, you’re in a public place.Â Â And as for this:
Ms. Kalin-Casey, who manages an apartment building here with her husband, John Casey, was a bit shaken when she tried a new feature in Googleâ€™s map service called Street View. She typed in her address and the screen showed a street-level view of her building. As she zoomed in, she could see Monty, her cat, sitting on a perch in the living room window of her second-floor apartment.
â€œThe issue that I have ultimately is about where you draw the line between taking public photos and zooming in on peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Ms. Kalin-Casey said in an interview Thursday on the front steps of the building. â€œThe next step might be seeing books on my shelf. If the government was doing this, people would be outraged.â€
I have a novel and innovative new technology for dealing with this issue.Â I call them blinds.