Restricting Internet Mapping Imagery

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A California Assemblyman, Joel Anderson, is trying to find a committee home for his proposed bill to restrict the publication of imagery covering certain buildings on Internet mapping sites.  His bill would call for the blurring of imagery covering what he calls “soft terrorism” targets: schools, hospitals, churches and all government buildings.  His apparent inspiration is from reading about terrorism attacks that were plotted from imagery obtained from Google Earth and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth:

“All I’m trying to do is stop terrorists,” said Anderson is quoted as saying. “I don’t want California to be helping map out future targets for terrorists.”

Ironically, if the bill does gain traction and eventually becomes law, many of these buildings already are available online as many schools, hospitals and government agencies post photos of the buildings online through their respective web sites. 

Read more; California lawmaker targets Internet mapping sites – Mercury News




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