I heard this story yesterday and thought of the non-existent opposition that Google in getting in its home country while charting as much of it as possible. I’ve actually enjoyed using Google Maps and Google Earth in every country that I’ve been in to chart my travel and even track runs on my watch… I’ve tried to read the German constitution but I need a good translation into English.After hearing these stories about Google and Privacy in Germany, I couldn’t help but think about the philosophical implications on privacy and property rights and ownership and enforcement of rigid ideals through less rigid laws.
The United States Constitution doesn’t actually mention that citizens have a right to privacy explicitly. Nor does any other constitutional document(s) that I am aware of; however, high and junior courts have made judgments since their existence to honor an almost “right” to privacy… and has been thought of as protected by the virtues 9th Amendment or what we know as unenumerated rights .
I’m compelled to know if people regard having pictures of their property on the internet for public use is infringing on their ability to be the kinds of owners that they desire to be. I’m also compelled to know how Google’s actions are any different than those of governments use of surveillance technologies like satellites to execute strategy of sorts. The Bush and Obama administrations have been probed unsuccessfully to divulge their security ambitions on public privacy and their command of technologies. Will people in all nations including the US and Germany be driven into being well documented by technological means kickin and screaming? Is it for their own good…lol? I’ve got more to say/write, but your thoughts may be more insightful and entertaining. Feel free to email me as usual.