My Dad has been using a sat nav device for a few years now and has recently upgraded to a TomTom device, so I decided this time when I was home to show him Google Maps, Satellite view and Street View. This was a revelation to both my parents. They checked out:
- Their house
- Our old house
- My Uncle’s farm
- The site where my Dad served his apprenticeship
- My Mum checked out the houses of some of the extended family and tut tutted when she didn’t see net curtains covering the windows
- My Dad threatened to take my Mum on a return tour of their honeymoon which was a drive around parts of Ireland from the comfort of their sitting room
My Mum told me that I would have to be careful about the way I went out in future in case I disgraced the family when the satellites and the Google cars took pictures.
I asked them about how they felt about this from a privacy point-of-view and my Dad shrugged ‘Sure with Facebook and all that there’s no decency or privacy left anyway; people won’t realise what they’ve lost until its too late‘.