A couple of years ago, me and my boyfriend went to London. Before the trip, I told him the name and address of our hotel and the name of the nearest underground station and he looked up the path we had to walk on Google Street View. When we got to London in the middle of the night and got off the tube, he immediately knew which way to turn and recognized all the streets and our hotel as if he lived there all his life. I thought it was the coolest and cleverest thing ever. It's really neat that you can just look up everything on Google Street View and never feel lost, don't you think? Well, actually you can't look up everything, some spots of our lovely globe aren't on Google Street View and my home country Slovenia is one of them.
About 3 years ago, our information commissioner, Mrs. Pirc Musar, victoriously announced that she singlehandedly stopped the Internet giant Google from filming our country and preying on its poor citizens' privacy and she wasn't the only one - Austria and some other European countries were firmly against it too. That year really wasn't a good one for Google because they had to stop everything they were doing for Street View in Europe since there were just too many obstacles a. k. a. people against it claiming to ban Google cars from conquering their land forever. Little did all the grumpy nay-sayers know - you can't say no to Google. Nobody can. On 9th of July 2013, Google in fact began filming our little shy country, starting with the capital. The joke's on you Mrs. Pirc Musar.
The biggest reason why people like our information commissioner didn't accept Google cars with open hands was the fact that those cameras can capture things, which would be better left un-captured such as naked people getting out of their car trunks, naked people bathing in public fountains, naked people chilling in front of their house, naked people just living it up in general, people scratching themselves, people scratching other people, people unwilling to walk, people peeing, people hiding in trash cans, people running in scuba gear, people giving birth, people losing their baby and lots of other craziness, but you know what? That's life. And my guess is if people are naked in public they a) want to be seen or b) don't give a fuck - regardless of the cameras. What all the Pirc Musars of the world were doing was protecting people who were doing something which they shouldn't be doing, like peeing in public. If you're not on Jersey Shore, you shouldn't pee in public, dead simple. And if you still decide to drop your pants and squat in the middle of the street in broad daylight, your dumb peeing ass deserves to be eternally commemorated on the world wide web.
But people are somehow still very protective of their privacy and instead of tipping their hats to Google for actually putting together something useful, they started flipping their fingers in great numbers. Tell me - what are you doing that you don't want your neighbors to see? Is it something naughty? Is it something vicious? Is it something illegal? Or do you just want to hide the fact that your life is just as boring and uneventful as the majority of other people's existence? Before you answer, let me tell you another story illustrating how giving up a little privacy can sometimes go a long way.
A friend I met in Denver got stopped by a police officer for speeding and even if he told the officer that he couldn't have seen the speed limit sign because he had just turned on that street, he got a speeding ticket. Months later, he and the officer went to court and he took out his smart phone and showed the judge on Google Street View that he couldn't possibly see the sign because he didn't pass it and the judge canceled his ticket. So if you ever happen to see one of the Google cars, you might consider blowing the driver a kiss instead of being rude. Or you can put on a show.
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