New Google, Apple mapping plans invade privacy?
Sen. Schumer sounds off
- Duration 3:39
- Date Jun 19, 2012
Sen. Schumer sounds off
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Google Maps about to get even more high Def and that is raising fears they could become a high tech keeping to office.
The new mapping plans announced by Google and apple supposedly would use the same kind of airplanes in the military uses for spying as well as.
Military grade cameras.
They could zoom even closer and capture objects that -- just four inches long take a look at this building a high rise in New York City with people laying out on the some -- Want to get even closer than that.
Well -- new images could be even more detailed.
That concerns senator Charles Schumer he's a Democrat from new York and he joins us now specifically your concerns are what senator.
Well my concerns are simple privacy concerns.
The bottom line is you know when -- on the street you know someone might snap a picture of you with your cell with their cell phone.
But when you're in your back yard or even in your home because these planes can actually -- here through windows.
You expect the level of privacy.
And you know this is the age old not -- -- but in the last decade we've had to balance new technology which gives us lots of new information.
With privacy in this is another new area.
And we're gonna need some balance because no one expects when -- sunbathing in their backyard that there image could be sent around the world.
Our colleagues at Fox News dot -- dot com got a couple of responses from these two company let me read them to the apple says we do not display any personally identifiable details.
Such -- faces -- license plates additionally.
We create optimizing pictures taken from multiple shots and removing moving objects such -- our cars and people from the final image.
Google writes we appreciate the senator's concerns we look forward to meeting with him to demonstrate how the imagery.
Is similar to what's already publicly available we currently don't have blur aerial imagery because the resolution isn't sharp enough for it to be a concern.
Good enough for you.
Well look I will say this I've dealt with Google on a number of privacy issues they're very good.
Take care they try to seek balance I have found them to be very hospitable and I.
Would like I'm looking forward to sitting down with them I haven't dealt much with apple.
But I would like to sit down with them as well.
To see what they have to say.
This is a worry it can be dealt with we can you know somehow have the best of both worlds -- we don't interfere with people's privacy.
But we better make sure that that's happened.
We have up on the screen next to you I'm guessing you can't see it but we had a a shot of the top of the empire state.
Building -- Santa Monica Pier is up there now here's the Empire State Building yeah you can see people -- these new images apparently can get even closer you expect that they're gonna go out go in and maybe digital only erase every face every like.
Rallied from every picking out.
They -- the technical experts and we'll have to see how they would do it but remember.
These spy planes are so good they recognize people's faces that's one of the reasons our drones have done such a good job they're able to see.
Who was a terrorist and who's a civilian.
And the way after the terrorist alone and so the number of civilian casualties.
Has greatly plummeted as the effectiveness of the drones has increased.
So they certainly technologically.
Capable of seeing faces and things about four inches.
Long as you mentioned.
We have to make sure that there's a balance I am very hopeful particularly with Google that there will be a look forward to talking to both companies.
Well we'll look forward to seeing how this all gets resolved senator Schumer we may be seeing your picture on a map one of these days.
Yeah well it's probably been there already -- thanks for joining us today sir --