C|net Interview with California Assemblyman Who Wants to Blur Images

Last month Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced a bill to “blur” the detail on images found on mapping sites. It includes fines of up to $250,000 and has received quite a bit of coverage in the geo and tech communities. Charles Cooper asks the questions. Highlights:

- Bill is draft, needs definitions, etc. but its spirit will remain
- This is what’s going on in the rest of world and my bill covers all mapping, not just Google
- Anderson has spoken to reps from Microsoft and Google and welcomes others

My favorite quote:

The level of detail is not on the maps. With a map, you cant count the number of bricks in a building, or see the elevator shafts. With this level of detail (afforded by online maps,) you can. I hear the argument that, “Yeah, I want to also ban cars because cars are used in robberies.” Look, cars have other commercial uses. There are no other uses for knowing on a map where there are air shafts.

-C|net.


Published Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Written by Adena Schutzberg