The War On Privacy Goes Even Higher Tech

It’s well known that Facebook and Google are in a war to see who invade their users privacy to the greatest degree.

With the internet as the battleground, the battle is unsurprisingly pretty high tech, but Google just raised the stakes.

They’ve just bought themselves an unmanned microdrone at a cost of around $60,000.

Are they fed up of people chasing the Google Street View cars down the street?

Maybe, or perhaps they’re just frustrated that the Street View car can only see through first floor windows.

Either way, this seems like a pricey, if not awesomely cool way to invade users privacy and turn up the heat on Facebook.

Obviously, the intent here is to improve mapping or navigation services, but isn’t it much more fun to assume the worst?

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at or on Twitter.

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  • anonymous

    “Google is not testing or using this technology. This was a purchase by a Google executive with an interest in robotics for personal use,” the company said.

  • Henry Walker

    It will be interesting to see how Google uses this. Not only will we have street view but we will be able to get a building view.