Google Street Maps: A Boon Or A Curse?

TruliaTrulia, US based Real Estate Search Site is making most from Google street maps. It has recently added this new feature to help their house hunting customers. This has now enabled its users to take a sneak-peek in the neighborhood.



Pete Flint, Trulia’s CEO said “listings in 30 US cities are currently offered with a side dish of StreetView, and more material is to be added in real-time as it is captured.”



Google Street Maps

I wonder when Google street maps for India will be available. And once it does I bet all the online real estate search sites like, and others are going to make the most out of it. Yes this will make end users life much easy. One can easily have a glimpse of the place they wish to buy.



Googl Street MapsHey wait a minute..Aren’t Google Street Maps a security and privacy concern? Boing Boing reader Mary Kalin-Casey had shared her thoughts on how her privacy was invaded thanks to Google street maps.



Mary: “The new Google Maps zoom feature zooms all the way into my living room window. See cat on cat perch. I’m all for mapping, but this feature literally gives me the shakes. I feel like I need to close all my curtains now. I’m going to look into whether it’s possible for a person to have pictures of their home removed from Google Maps. Meanwhile, I’m happy to show bb readers the photo in the interest of illustrating creepy privacy violations. Heck, the whole world can see him anyway.”



And here are some more interesting thoughts following Mary’s quote:



KevinQ said “There could be even more privacy issues than “they can see my cat.” For example, the link provided here shows a car sitting in a driveway, and you can read the car’s license plate clearly. I don’t know exactly what you could do with that information, but there it is.”



Mark says “The ironic thing about Mary Kalin-Casey’s submission is that her name and home address are now spread across the internet, which is a much more significant privacy concern than a view of a cat in her window.”



And many more are there on boing boing post.



As the world today faces the problem of terrorism wouldn’t a street view maps be a national threat? Just think about it.

3 Responses to “Google Street Maps: A Boon Or A Curse?”

  1. April 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    People have their fundas in life all wrong!! It makes no sense to boycott Google Maps because they are efficient! If there is something kept out in full view of the public by eye, then the Satellites are sure to pick it up as well…

    If there are any privacy concerns, why is it out in the open in the first place.. its not like you can not control the circumstances.

    Preposterous.. if they wanted their “cat” to not be seen, they should “wrap” it up then!!!

  2. Rushabh Choksi
    April 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello Partha,

    Thanks for commenting.

    Personally I am a big fan of Google maps. However, from the security point of view Google maps can be a matter of concern.

    More over it is just like an earlier hoax “that gmail is reading your e-mails as the ads displayed are based on the content of your e-mail.”

  3. April 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    content scanning is safe since the information is scanned and not stored!!

    is it not?? so therefore it is still safe…

    as far as google maps are concerned, unless you block out govt facilities and high risk locales, i think nothing else is of prime importance!!!

    my personal view!!

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