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Bo Dietl is into the "Big Brother" Google Street View

Reported by Chrish - June 1, 2007 -

John Gibson had former NYPD Detective Bo Dietl on as the sole guest discussing Google Map's newest feature, Street View. Internet users can zoom into streets close enough to make out faces, license plate numbers, you name it. Is this a violation of privacy?

Google's statement reads (in part, edited by FOX):

"At Google we take privacy very seriously. Street view only features imagery taken on public property. We respect the fact that people may not want imagery they feel is objectionalble featured on the service. We provide easily accessible tools for flagging (that) imagery for review and removal."

Dietl objected to Gibson's use of the word "peeking" and used anecdotal evidence to say this is the most fantastic technological advance for law enforcement...he's very happy.

Gibson's point of view is of someone worried that his car will be spotted at an address where it shouldn't be. Interesting. But Dietl dismisses those concerns, saying "don't go on that cheatin' side of town." As long as it's public property, he doesn't mind, but he wouldn't want someone spying on him sunbathing in his backyard in the "nuditation." As he says he doesn't want anyone watching him at his barbecue, the camera slowly panned in on an apartment window, close enough that if the venetian blinds had been tilted differently and a light on we would have seen inside.

Dietl's enthusiasm couldn't be quashed, even with Gibson's lame graphics asking "Street views - bad news?" with a giant eyeball over a computer monitor and keyboard. He chortled "Google, Google, Google! Be a good boy and you won't get Google-ized!" (Or is it Google-eyes-ed?)

What has happened to John Gibson? Has Google gone too far for even the scarediest terror warrior? He jabbed (unusual for him) and said "this is one of the largest corporations on the planet, that is now sticking its nose into everybody's business!" Dietl insists that it's a boon to investigators while Gibson argued that now millions of people could see, not just the investigator and client. Dietl reprimanded again "don't go on the cheatin' side of town" and the segment was over.

Interesting indeed. I recall clearly when the domestic warrantless wiretapping was first known and progressives and libertarians and real conservatives were having fits, Gibson was one of those who consistently defended the practice as a valuable tool in the so-called war on terror. These things have a way of snowballing, and it has apparently finally reached a level where even John Gibson thinks the incessant watching is too much. Better keep your nose clean, but use a hankie - or you'll wind up on YouTube.