Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Big Brother Isn't Watching Me





















The Greek government spends most of its time being disasterously out of touch with its people, so I was delighted to hear that Google's Street View cars have been banned from picturing the streets of Greece in order to protect the privacy of the public.


Echoing a widespread view, Yannis Papadopoulos, a Greek leftist who agreed with the watchdog's precautionary stance, said: "Privacy as a concept or even word may not exist in our language but all this snooping is simply Orwellian. We won't let it pass."


Street View seemed like a cool idea to me, until I started reading about people who had been caught by the cameras in the privacy of their own homes half-dressed, or in other compromising positions, and could not get their image removed from Google. So there you were admiring yourself in some newly purchased Y fronts, and all of a sudden the whole world is watching.


What I didn't like about the article is that it starts off painting this move as a reluctance on the part of Greeks to embrace new technology. True as that may be, it certainly doesn't apply in this context. This is about the protection of individual privacy, not a fear of new technology.

Hooray! A rare step in the right direction by the Greek government!

5 comments:

Kathy = ) said...
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Kathy = ) said...

a great step from the greek government!
congratulations !!

=)

greetings ..

katherine from Brazil !

Kathy = ) said...

a great step from the greek government!
congratulations !!

=)

greetings ..

katherine from Brazil !

Anonymous said...

In this area, the USA is completely behind Greece.

teacher dude said...

I got photographed by the Google Street view camera when I was back in Bristol.Still, it works both ways so I got a picture of their car and driver which i put on the internet.

http://teacherdudebbq.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-on-google-earth-is-teacher-dude.html