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With the Sky Watching, What Is and Is Not Private?

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August 17, 2010

A report published in the San Francisco Chronicle describes how "High-tech eyes in the sky--from satellite imagery to sophisticated aerial photography that maps entire communities--are being employed in creative new ways by government officials," which is raising concerns about the loss of privacy rights. From online services providing detailed views of locations across the planet to the use of such technology to monitor compliance with local, state and federal laws, Gregory Nojeim of the Washington, DC-based Center for Democracy and Technology, points out, "As technology advances, we have to revisit questions about what is and what is not private information."
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