So long, privacy: New satellites blow Google Earth away

Alex Salkever

So you want to see if your wife is cheating on you. She told you she would be at yoga class, but a quick check of satellite images shows you her car is not there. You then check the driveway of a male friend she seems to be seeing a lot of. Bingo, the red VW Bug is in the driveway. She's totally busted. Call the lawyer.

Paranoid, maybe. But soon such a scenario will be entirely possible. Satellite company DigitalGlobe (DGI) is launching sophisticated birds that are upping the ante on image refreshing from orbit. And in the process, they are shattering any hope you had left for offline privacy.

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