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    Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - A town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don't have the proper permits.

    The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.

    Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected.

    Riverhead's chief building inspector Leroy Barnes Jr. said the unpermitted pools were a safety concern. He said that without the required inspections there was no way to know whether the pools' plumbing, electrical work and fencing met state and local regulations.


    Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

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    The idiocy of Long Island and NYC in general knows no bounds. Another reason to thank my dad for moving us out of that cesspool.
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    I think someone should sue for violation of privacy and a violation of the 4th amendment for spying on citizens without a warrant. How is using google earth to spy on citizens to see if they have swimming pools without a warrant any different than the police using FLIR to see if someone is using grow lamps without a warrant?
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I think someone should sue for violation of privacy and a violation of the 4th amendment for spying on citizens without a warrant. How is using google earth to spy on citizens to see if they have swimming pools without a warrant any different than the police using FLIR to see if someone is using grow lamps without a warrant?
    Just think if the state did the same thing do evaluate your taxes on your property
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Why do pools require a permit anyway?

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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Why do pools require a permit anyway?
    Way to make money.
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I think someone should sue for violation of privacy and a violation of the 4th amendment for spying on citizens without a warrant. How is using google earth to spy on citizens to see if they have swimming pools without a warrant any different than the police using FLIR to see if someone is using grow lamps without a warrant?
    Yea that won't fly, the pools are technically in "plain view" so it would be allowed.
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Yea that won't fly, the pools are technically in "plain view" so it would be allowed.
    Not if there is a fence unless humans have learned to fly as part of their daily activity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    Not if there is a fence unless humans have learned to fly as part of their daily activity.
    It's outside, that practically qualifies it as "plain view."
    Not that I want them to be able to spy on people but that is the truth.
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    Re: Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    It's outside, that practically qualifies it as "plain view."
    Not that I want them to be able to spy on people but that is the truth.
    But its not in plain view unless you are a bird.
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