(a) An operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that makes a virtual globe browser available to members of the public shall not provide aerial or satellite photographs or imagery of a building or facility in this state that is identified on the Internet Web site by the operator as a school or place of worship, or a government or medical building or facility, unless those photographs or images have been blurred.
(b) An operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that makes a virtual globe browser available to members of the public shall not provide street view photographs or images of the buildings and facilities described in subdivision (a).
"We heard from terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks last year that they used Google Maps to select their targets and get knowledge about their targets. Hamas has said they were using Google Maps to target children's schools," said Anderson. "What my bill does is limit the level of detail. It doesn't stop people from getting directions. We don't need to help bad people map their next target. What is the purpose of showing air ducts and elevator shafts? It does no good."
"I'm not against the technology; it's fantastic. But we're in an evolving world and we have to change our course as it changes. I'm all for online mapping, but knowing where the air ducts are in an air shaft is not necessary for me to navigate in the city. Who wants to know that level of detail? Bad people do."
I think "blurred" is an insufficient term for what they're asking for, the bill is poorly written. I've seen very few GoogleMaps images from my area where you could pinpoint "air ducts and elevator shafts" easily. Part b is just ridiculous.
Regardless of how good Google Earth or Street View get, they will never be a comparable substitute to actually being there in person. I am sure any terrorists who are committed enough to sacrifice their own life are going to put the necessary effort into reconnaissance.
Yet another fine example of your tax dollars hard at work.
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C'mon guys... It's not like they really should have been spending the time finding ways to revitalize the economy or something.
And, it's not like the terrorist could just go to a lot of those school and churches internet sites and find directions and interior photos.
Also: Terrorists can't drive a truck of explosives into a building or walk into a crowd with a bomb if it's blurred? It's a fact. Well, maybe not a fact - but it could be a law, and that's just as good, right?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
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