29 September 2010

Privacy if you're important enough on google street view?

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For most of us we just have to live with the fact that a google car has been past our house taking photos. Here at RiotACT we support the right of anyone to take photos from public lands.

But a keen eyed reader has noted that there’s a weird gap at Mueller St Yarralumla in the Street View.

We’re given to understand Kevin Rudd’s new abode is along that way.

It’s nice for some isn’t it?

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harvyk1 said :

They removed my house photo within a week when I asked too.

Street view is a national security risk I don’t care what anybody says. While those nigerian scammers are trying to socially engineer you via email/phone into ripping off your identity, or your money they can see exactly where you live and get more info via street view. Or potential terrorists can use it to suss out high security areas from afar like russell and the like which aren’t blacked out. Even thieves can check your house out without driving past.

Actually I thought it would make ordinary residents more of target due to looking like they have something to hide perhaps…

Me no fry said :

KB1971 said :

I will flip the bird to him as I go past on my pushy everyday if you like?

Would you, please?

Cosider it done, twice this week…….

Holden Caulfield7:10 pm 29 Sep 10

PM said :

And snurp is not necessarily Christian; I was about to post the same link but he beat me.

I wasn’t intending to suggest that snurp was our resolute reporter from The Australian. I was merely making reference to the link to say “hi”.

Street view is a national security risk I don’t care what anybody says. While those nigerian scammers are trying to socially engineer you via email/phone into ripping off your identity, or your money they can see exactly where you live and get more info via street view. Or potential terrorists can use it to suss out high security areas from afar like russell and the like which aren’t blacked out. Even thieves can check your house out without driving past.

Rarely, in the history of the world, has too much freely available information proven to be a threat to anyone (except maybe religious control of the masses). And if those Nigerian scammers are such a threat to you, I hate to think what will happen if a locally based scammer ever tries to rip you off. It is not like no one in Australia has ever tried a scam or planned a robbery in person…

harvyk1 said :

However I have to admit, being part of the tin foil hat bridge does sound like fun.

Sounds like you are already?

PM said :

I’ve always found Christian Kerr to be fairly balanced. Having met him (sure, some years ago), he’s not a rabid right-winger.

And snurp is not necessarily Christian; I was about to post the same link but he beat me.

Hi, no I’m not Christian. My girlfriend sent me the Oz link, and right away I thought of this thread

screaming banshee4:05 pm 29 Sep 10

Jim Jones said :

Holden Caulfield said :

snurp said :

The Australian has picked up this post:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/kevin-rudds-new-canberra-home-off-the-google-map/story-fn59niix-1225931627808

G’day Christian, nice to meet you.

Nice step up for Christian isn’t it? From writing intelligent political analysis for Crikey.com to partisan guff for The Australian (‘LABOR POLITICIAN IS RICH AND SECRETIVE’).

Cant.

Form.

Paragraph?

I’ve always found Christian Kerr to be fairly balanced. Having met him (sure, some years ago), he’s not a rabid right-winger.

And snurp is not necessarily Christian; I was about to post the same link but he beat me.

Holden Caulfield said :

snurp said :

The Australian has picked up this post:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/kevin-rudds-new-canberra-home-off-the-google-map/story-fn59niix-1225931627808

G’day Christian, nice to meet you.

Nice step up for Christian isn’t it? From writing intelligent political analysis for Crikey.com to partisan guff for The Australian (‘LABOR POLITICIAN IS RICH AND SECRETIVE’).

Holden Caulfield2:30 pm 29 Sep 10

snurp said :

The Australian has picked up this post:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/kevin-rudds-new-canberra-home-off-the-google-map/story-fn59niix-1225931627808

G’day Christian, nice to meet you.

Anyone can have the photo of their house removed from Google, you don’t need to be a VIP for that privledge… A few people around my house have done it… (myself included)

I can’t remember exactly how, but from memory all you need to do is click on a link asking for the photo to be removed and the reason why. Stating you don’t want your house shown to all seemed to do the trick…

However I have to admit, being part of the tin foil hat bridge does sound like fun.

troll-sniffer1:20 pm 29 Sep 10

What an ugly house. Still I suppose where the Rudds come from good taste is often a barrier to acceptance.

Do you think that RiotACT and The Australian directing people to nearmap is why there site is having trouble handling the traffic?

Have a look for the US Embassy. You get directed about 500m away, and there are no close up photos if you manually try to navigate towards it.

Thoroughly Smashed12:57 pm 29 Sep 10

Never let William of Ockham get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, I always say.

snurp said :

The Australian has picked up this post:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/kevin-rudds-new-canberra-home-off-the-google-map/story-fn59niix-1225931627808

Smeone should have told them about All Homes…..

I hope he has better furniture than the previous occupants

Muttsybignuts12:01 pm 29 Sep 10

Since Google is so out of date, isn’t Rudd’s house still under construction in the pic?

KB1971 said :

I will flip the bird to him as I go past on my pushy everyday if you like?

Would you, please?

la mente torbida said :

That explains why my vision goes blury each day as I ride home…I thought it was my aged eyes.

Nope thats just the hill up from the lake……..

la mente torbida10:53 am 29 Sep 10

That explains why my vision goes blury each day as I ride home…I thought it was my aged eyes.

I guess you could drive past and take your own photos…if you’re that way inclined.

Holden Caulfield9:49 am 29 Sep 10

I noticed this yesterday, too. But it’s a bit unfeasible that Rudd forces are at play with Google when you can still see THIS.

Nearmap don’t have a streetview equiv. Although, their oblique aerial photos show that part of the street…

http://www.nearmap.com/ doesn’t have the same squeamishness and has imagery current at 7 July unlike Google’s 3 year old stuff.

In possible defence of google, it is a pretty small section of the street which is missing street view. You see gaps in all sorts of places, apparently the result of some breakdown in their dataset, rather then privacy (for example in the middle of random country roads where there is nothing but cows.

Having said that, the gaps in street view, around the US embassy make it pretty likely you are right.

Interesting, it works both ways too.

I will flip the bird to him as I go past on my pushy everyday if you like?

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