While most of today’s privacy concerns revolve around personal information on both the internet and mobile devices, you now have another privacy concern thanks to the launch of the GeoEye-1 satellite on Saturday.
The satellite is part of the NextView program, a national security initiative focused on collecting satellite information launched by the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. So far this doesn’t sound particularly threatening; the US military already has plenty of satellites circling the Earth that can focus on the most subtle facial features.
What will be threatening to some however, is that Google has exclusive rights to the satellite imagery for both Google Maps and Google Earth. In fact, the GeoEye-1 can clearly see images as small as 16 inches in length, and in near-perfect color thanks to the high-res imaging technology used. Thankfully, Google won’t have access to the highest of high-res pictures, but if you’re in the habit of doing publicly inappropriate things, now might be the time to rethink your behavioural strategy.
Moving at 4.5 miles per second 423 miles above our planet, the GeoEye-1 will take both black-and-white and color images, the first of which will be available sometime this fall.