It’s a story we’ve heard quite a few times; Google releases Street View in a new area, and people complain about it “compromising their security”. The most well-known example was in Germany, where thousands of people opted out and had their home/business blurred.
Street View imagery was recently released in Botswana and it’s been met with a similar (though less intense) reaction. In short:
“We feel such places as the military base and the office of the president, the American embassy and any other such high-security areas should not have been allowed to be published,” the Monitor newspaper opined in an editorial on Monday. “This compromises our security.”
You can read the full article for yourself on the Guardian website.
Disagreements aside, the imagery in Botswana is remarkable.
Check it out for yourself in Google Earth or Google Maps by simply searching for “Botswana” and then dropping pegman onto the map. If you’ve not done it in Google Earth before, here’s a quick video that shows how it works.