Local MP Pierre Poilievre should be commended for the approach he has advocated to Google’s Street View project. Cars with cameras are now on Canadian streets, taking photographs. Whatever your opinion of the utility of Street View, Google is likely violating Canadian privacy laws in doing so.
Poilievre is asking Google to testify before Parliament, as part of an effort to overhaul Canadian privacy legislation. He’d like to know what happens to those photographs, where they are stored, and what is being done to protect Canadian’s privacy.
As we speed toward the world of 1984, it’s good to see some of our politicians asking the right questions. Poilievre’s committee should also examine the unrestricted use of surveillance cameras, internet service providers obligations, and a host of other privacy related issues that are cropping up as technology continues to advance at break-neck speed.