Don’t you just love it? When you get a notification on your iPhone, “Mary posted three photos of you.” You click it and “WHOA! I HAD NO IDEA SHE HAD ZOOMED IN THAT MUCH!” or “Do I really look like that when I laugh?!”
There are always going to be those pictures of yourself that you simply will never like. Usually, all you have to do is click “untag.” But what if it was there to stay? What if it was viewable by people other than your friends?
Welcome to Google Street View. I found these photos while doing a little research on social media privacy, and couldn’t help but post them on here. These days, you have to worry about what pictures or videos might “go viral” (as mentioned in a previous post). So, is Google Street View an invasion of privacy? Many invasion of privacy questions have come up regarding embarrassing or revealing photos taken by Google on their quest for Street View. Do you think that this is an invasion of privacy? Read a little more here or see what Wikipedia has to say here.
So what would you think about finding a picture of yourself arguing with someone on your cell phone or sunbathing on your lawn? Would you mind if it was out there for the entire world to view? Do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your own car? These are the kinds of questions that are being brought up regarding Google Street View.
A more detailed description of Google Street View can be found here. Google said in a statement that “It takes privacy very seriously and acts quickly to remove objectionable imagery.” But what if they thought it was a good photo of you??