An article in today’s NY Times highlights the growing concern of detailed mapping technology getting into the wrong hands. On the heels of the foiled terrorist plot at JFK Airport and the fact that the terrorists admitted to doing research on Google Earth, many officials are getting nervous about the improper use of this quickly improving technology.
As 3dwalkthroughs.com has been predicting, it is only a matter of time before the technology incorporates very detailed 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Floor Plans into the searchable data. If not properly governed, this data could significantly increase the threat created by giving public access to this information.
While we strongly believe these tools can be a valuable asset to emergency first responders, it cannot be denied that they could also be used for the wrong reasons. As a New York based company we take these security issues extremely seriously and think that the more detailed information should only be accessible by the proper authorities. We applaud state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, and his efforts to address this issue NOW, before it is too late.