Police Credit Google Street View For Helping Catch Drug Ring

from the you're-on-google-camera dept

Following on our recent story of police using Google Street View to give them a lead in a stolen car incident, comes another report, sent in by Joshy, of a heroin dealing ring in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who was dealing on the streets out in the open -- and also were caught on Google Street View images:
It's a little unclear from the article just how useful the Google Street View image was to the case, but it certainly seems like it could be useful as corroborating evidence...
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2010 @ 11:20pm

    Re: Re: Google violated rights?

    First, I don't blame you for thinking this is a violation of "rights" as I likely would have thought the same thing before I became a police officer over a decade ago. But I do get this complaint often from fellow citizens who do not realize that in a public place, the supreme court has ruled that one's expectation of privacy is very limited. I don't necessarily whole sale agree with this, but it is what it is.

    You're wasting your time. "Jon Noowtun" isn't a serious poster, they're parodying Jon Newton of P2PNet, a paranoid nutcase who uses his blog to post rants about everything Google does. Newton has put forth the idea that you have a right to privacy out in public and has even stated that it's illegal in Canada (where he lives) to photograph anyone, anywhere without their permission.

    If you'd like to explain the difference between public and private to Newton himself, you can find his blog at www.p2pnet.net. Just don't expect any of your comments to stay on the site for more than a few minutes though. Anyone who disagrees with him gets labeled a "shill" or "fanboi" and has their comments deleted.

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