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Satellites get permission to sell images zoomed in to 12 inches

Satellites get permission to sell images zoomed in to 12 inches
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Brand new legislation means that Google Maps will now be able to zoom even further. It also means that the value of our privacy is even more muddled.

Satellites are great. I love GPS, and Google's Streetview means that I'll always know what my destination looks like.

Digital Globe recently received permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce to take pictures that have lenses capable of zooming to a foot away from my face. I'm not sure how great that is.

As a consumer, I'm worried about whether or not this is the first step to a new end to privacy. Social media trades our information, but by commercial grade satellites that can track our location is a step too far.

When I think of a private investigator, I think of the trench coat and pocket watch. I don't think of a guy who makes a five-figure salary to make satellites follow us around. Do you think these commercial grade spy satellites will make society a better place? Leave me a comment.

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