Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Calif. bill would blur WMS of schools, govt bldgs

Under the proposed bill, online service providers could face fines of $250,000 a day for showing government buildings on their WMS

A California congressman has introduced a bill requiring online mapping programs, including possibly WMS, to blur out schools, places of worship, government or medical buildings or face fines of $250,000 a day, and possible jail time.

Assemblyman Joel Anderson told the AP he developed the bill after it was revealed that terrorists in Israel and Mumbai used popular services such as Google Earth and Microsoft's Virtual Earth to help plot attacks.

According to reports on the bill text, photographs and images of schools, places of worship, government or medical buildings must be blurred. Street-level imagery would also be banned. Companies that violated the provisions of the bill would face fines of up to $250,000 for every day the illegal imagery was available online.

From AppScout Blog and AP

- Jeff


At 3/05/2009 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe GPS should be banned too? The terrorists might use them to find targets.


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