If you've ever used an online mapping application (like Google Maps or Mapquest) you know how convenient and easy it is to get directions to adestination. Some applications even provide street-view...

If you've ever used an online mapping application (like Google Maps or Mapquest) you know how convenient and easy it is to get directions to a

destination. Some applications even provide street-view pictures of where you're going and places along the way. While this service may be quick and easy, how would you feel if you saw your house, or an image of you or a family member walking in your neighborhood? Do online mapping services make you feel more secure? More vulnerable? Or doesn't it bother you?.

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Actually, it does bother me that these companies drive around neighborhoods and take pictures. Satellite pictures are creepy to me too. I do find the services convenient though. I also like seeing those pictures when I am going to look at a place I have never been, so I have an idea of what I am looking for.
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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I seem to agree with the majority of the posters. It's not like online mapping uses confidential information and puts it out there for others to find. If someone is looking for my house, he or she can find it without these tools, so why should I be bothered by them. There are many other things to occupy my time than worrying about who might be doing what, where they might be doing it, and how this will affect me.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree.  Someone looking for my specific place of residence will find it with or without a map.  The odds of anyone finding and targeting my house randomly with such programs are minuscule.  I do get concerned by phone applications which post where the phone user is at any given moment.  I know it's a service one chooses to have, but being able to follow anyone to each new destination is rather worrisome to me.  The map applications, not so much. 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Of course, your opinion is the most important here, and is probably what your teacher is looking for.  For me personally, I'm not bothered by the existence of these programs.  They represent only a snapshot in time, and since everyone's home and property are included on these programs, it puts me at no more risk for crime or intrusion to my privacy than simply living in a society does.

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chocolate975 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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I find this topic very interesting and each person has there own response thanks for responding :)

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