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Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple.
The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.
That’s so you can show your “friends” on FB [27.18] your ….erm, location.
Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
It’s not the technology: it’s the human choices on how to use it. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
The military-grade images are taken at a height of around 1,600ft, meaning people below are very unlikely to realise they are being photographed.
The cameras can be installed on planes, helicopters or even unmanned drones, although there are safety restrictions about the use of the latter in Britain.
A small plane carrying the cameras can photograph up to 100 square kilometres (38.6 square miles) every hour.
Prediction: Patterns in lawns soon to become quite popular.