October 5, 2014 – 8:39 pm
The Instant Google Street View finally landed in Malaysia. In 2010, Google CEO said that if you are not happy with your house being captured, then move. That sort of response was, obviously, totally unbecoming from a man of his stature. Of course, his own house was captured but with such a long drive way and shrubbery fence, one could hardly see anything.
A couple of days ago, Malaysiakini approached Google Malaysia on the risk of security. The representative said that it helps businesses and travellers in planning their trip.
What about normal residences? How does that help people? That argument was pretty lame, if you ask me. I see no point taking images of people’s houses, until one could even see how many cars are in the compound.
Criminals in this age and time are educated and they, similarly, can get access to these images and plan a crime without having to do a ground recce.
A friend, wealthy by local standards, is planning to request to have his house blurred. As I told him, he could make that request but will the high and mighty Google deem necessary to do so?