Computerworld - While everyone is concerned about privacy violations from Facebook Places, government agencies may be using powerful new technology to violate Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches.
This article is only loosely tied to the real estate industry and still I found myself wanting to post it to my main blog. I've recently bumped into author Mike Elgan on Twitter (@mike_elgan) and subscribed to his email newsletter which compiles his articles for different outlets. I'm really enjoying his stuff so far and you can find him at www.elgan.com.
What if you put a pool in your back yard and didn't pay for a permit, then years later got a big fine from the city because they were looking at your backyard on Google Earth? What if that in some way screwed with a transaction you had heading for closing? Is it okay for your government to do stuff like this? I wonder if the average american even knows what the fourth amendment says. I don't have a pool (or any other work missing permits) and still, I think it's definitely not okay for communities to allow this. Click the computerworld link above and read the article, then let me know your thoughts in the comments.