Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dangers of Google Earth?

I noted yesterday that reports from the UK indicate that insurgents in Iraq may be targeting British troops with the help of Google Earth.

I've captured a picture from that application and I have to ask myself, is this level of detail really necessary? The accompanying picture is of a facility that really doesn't need to be depicted quite as precisely as it is, nor 'flagged' so it can be easily located.

I recall that earlier mapping software blurred out sensitive sites.

By the way, I note that I am far from the first to express such concerns.

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