Google Maps has set its sights on San Diego. The mapping website now features a street-level view of our fine city.

Privacy advocates are freaking out. From a Los Angeles Times story:

Within hours of the first release, bloggers had found and posted photographs — which are often sharp enough to identify the people in them — of vulnerable moments: students sunbathing in bikinis at Stanford University, motorists being ticketed by police, a man walking into an adult bookstore in Oakland, even a man picking his nose on a San Jose park bench. …

“It is a visual reminder of how our private spaces are really shrinking,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a San Diego advocacy group. “We’ve never had the expectation of privacy in public places, but it’s the technology that causes us to reexamine this. Computers have very long memories.”

You can take a peek at the cars in the parking lot — including my sleek Volvo wagon — or surfers in the water at Law Street, a girl (wearing a helmet) on a scooter in Ocean Beach or cars swishing along Harbor Drive. Find something cool? E-mail us.


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