Apple to reveal 3D mapping service 'next week', as campaigners say privacy will go 'out the window' thanks to high-resolution images which will spy into your home | Mail Online
I'm not sure what to say about this. My biggest concern is who might be getting this information besides Google and Apple. Are they selling it? Do you have a right to spy on your neighbor? Probably yes, as long as you are not on private property.Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple.
The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.
But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer.
Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London.
Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
Google will use its spy planes to help create 3D maps with much more detail than its satellite-derived Google Earth images.
Apple hopes its rumoured mapping service for the iPhone and iPad will overtake the hugely popular Google Maps
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, warned that privacy risked being sacrificed in a commercial ‘race to the bottom’.