Security and Privacy Concerns and Google Earth

Since Google Earth has been released as a free application numerous people have expressed concerns over the availability of such data for either individual privacy or the possibility of terrorists using the satellite photos. These concerns have been invalidated by the experts. But, Jonathan Crowe, at the Map Room, has posted an excellent summary and conclusions on these issues. He gives a lot of credit to Stefan Geens at Ogle Earth who has been following the news stories about various countries that have expressed initial concerns (until the concerns were invalidated).

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I would like to know where to direct an urgent email to restrict visibilty of a military base in Europe, on Google earth?

  2. AustinTx says:

    I can personally attest to the fact that privacy is being abused through technology such as this and people such as myself are being harassed and exploited by the blatant misuse of it.
    It is sadly true that the US Constitution does not protect a person’s privacy. This however,does not preclude the fact that any group or cult with a private agenda against another individual American can potentially do unimaginable things against a private citizen and/or their families simply by exploiting the sanctity of their privacy…*

  3. David Shotlander says:

    Everyone who complains about privacy concerns really needs to get a brain check.
    I wholeheartedly believe Google’s argument that Google Earth/Google Maps’s “Street View” does not infringe on my privacy. Street View takes/offers no more information that what anyone could see by simply walking by my house. In fact, millions of people walk by my suburban home and aim their cameras at my house every single day, so really, what’s the difference?
    That’s why I’m so excited about the next Google Beta project, “Bedroom View”, which will begin by offering us sneak-peaks into the bedrooms of Google employees around the world–day or night! Just like Street View, it provides nothing that could not be gleaned by simply sneaking up to a house, perhaps climbing a ladder, pressing one’s nose against the bedroom window and taking a few snapshots of the secret lives of the good people of the world. I can’t wait for Google Bedroom View!
    David (the guy on the left in the polka-dot boxers)

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