Thursday, September 1, 2011

the all-seeing eye of google

from XKCD

google's street view has just about always been controversial for it's perceived invasiveness with respect to privacy. i doubt it could actually read your social security number (though the others might be doable with a high enough resolution image) but i have no doubt that such numbers may be findable through other google services. google really is capable of collecting very detailed profiles on people, and the extent to which that may or may not creep you out is pretty much directly proportional to how much you trust google not to misuse that data. some people obviously trust them more than others.