Wednesday, June 18, 2008
On this day:

Google now provides street-level views of Huntsville on the net

I don't like this one bit. Yeah, it's cool and all, but there are some major privacy-related concerns raised by a for-profit company taking closeup pictures of private property and then disseminating them publicly without the consent of property owners. One of the chief responsibilities of government is to protect private property. Insofar as Google's use of the internet has the potential to interfere with that duty and to intrude into the private lives of citizens (and it does: see here, for example), then it seems to me that there are adequate grounds for the government to intervene.