ArchiveJuly 17, 2005

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Despite the limited nature of the program’s capacity to actually spy, the president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Cameron Murphy, expects some users to have malign intent.

“Anybody could get still photographs of a house and work out how to break in – how to get access from a balcony at the back of the second floor,” Mr Murphy said.

The Australian Government should pass laws that allow people to choose not to have their property or person appear on such programs, he said.

“The technology is moving forward so fast that the law is just not catching up – we need strong privacy laws that are adaptable to the technology,” Mr Murphy said.

Dear Mr Murphy,

thanks for being narrow-minded, for not showing the least bit of understanding of new technology and for trying to slow down technological development wherever asked for your opinion.

Although I’m a strong supporter of privacy rights, to my knowledge there has never been a right for people to not have their private property in pictures. That is, of course, as long as nobody broke into their private grounds to take these pictures. Which google earth clearly has not.

While I can see that you might argue for taking military bases and government buildings out of the database (which I don’t support either, but that’s beside the point), any criminal who needs satellite pictures to find out about how to get access from a balcony at the back of the second floor would be rather pathetic.

Kind regards,

[Zoom with a view, Syndey Morning Herald]