RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - A town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don't have the proper permits.
The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.
Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected.
I have always found issues like this intriguing.
On one hand you have privacy questions and where the line is for expecting privacy at home.
On the other hand you have the question of do we have a right to break the law.
What are your thoughts, big brother violating these resident's right to privacy or scofflaws getting caught at something they should not be doing?
This is a minor law. Is this type of surveillance more acceptable for something else? What about looking for marijuana plants? Chop shops processing stolen cars? Illegal immigrants crossing the border?