The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Friday, June 01, 2007
It seems there's nothing that Google can do without raising privacy concerns.
Yesterday, Boing Boing was buzzing with a number of postings about the newly introduced feature in Google Maps: Google Street View. A similar feature has been around for a while by other providers, but the resolution of the pictures posted by Google are the best I've seen. So good you can look in peoples' windows to (g)oogle their cats, see cats in blankets, see folks taking out the garbage (scroll down a little and click on the little man or the green arrow), scope out sunbathers (more sunbathers) and check out a homeless guy sleeping in an alley. I bet none of them thought they'd end up on the internet.
Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy when you're in a public area or at least visible from the street? Does this change the rules or should the rules be changed?
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