Monday, July 6, 2009

Google Street View Pitfalls

Google's Streetview product, a free service seems to be more controversial in Europe, where the dangers are more commonly understood:

Want to scare yourself? Google your home phone number, in this format: xxx-xxx-xxx. See if it produces your address anywhere. If it does, google the address. Check Street view.

A single woman showed me how her un-listed phone number directs anyone who cares directly to her home. It also showed her car in the driveway.

The liability here is tremendous. Not only is her phone number on the FTC do-not-call list, but combining it with such information as a photo of her home may be tantamount to trading in her Personally Identifiable Information, an FTC violation.

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