Google Street View comes in the shops: it will soon be possible to visit the inside of a store at 360 degrees directly from your computer monitor.
Not only streets, squares and public places, but also shops: this is the latest arrival in the laboratory by Google, where some time has caught the ‘ idea , which will be formalized shortly, to shoot in the interiors of shops enrich the database of images included in Street View . Soon, in short, you can get in meats, tobacco, or drugs from the comfort of home.
Everything, then, without violating anyone’s privacy : in fact, retailers must clearly express its consent to the inclusion in the database, and any customers present at the time of the shooting will be advised of what is happening and any faces in the images taken will be obscured . Google, on the other hand, reserves all rights to the photographs and only upon explicit request by the retailer may arrange the removal of some pictures deemed inappropriate.
No violation of privacy, in short, no shortage of controversy: an initial discussion of possible advantages for potential thieves is already open on the Net, with a series of hypotheses about the opportunity for them to obtain information on the structure of online shopping, no go there in person, before planning a robbery. Such information would be available by simply entering the store, however, why the question would seem completely instrumental and not such as to prevent the start of the project.