Apple, Google Ask Homeowners To Smile At The Sky

Senator Charles Schumer expressed his concerns in a letter to Apple and Google, arguing that hyper-detailed images of people's backyards and other objects could pose a threat to both privacy and national security, according to Jacqui Cheng. Google highlighted plans recently to use a fleet of planes to support aerial photography for its 3D mapping technology. Schumer called it "military-grade spy planes." The letter requests that the two companies notify the communities in advance and automatically blur the photos of individuals, as well as provide an opt-out for property owners so their homes don't appear on the maps.

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