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Came by to see if an L.A. Times article written today about this subject had been posted - it has [webmasterworld.com] - and thought I'd submit this theory...
It hasn't caused much concern - excepting the privacy-aware crowd - thus far because the "boogeymen" of the story have been pretty much hypothetical. Now that several websites have popped-up that either direct you to or display screenshots of public urination, nudity & nose-picking as captured by Google, concern will mount. Another major factor that has limited concerns has been the limited geographic impact; "It's a San Francisco thing, I'm in the Mid-West, what do I care?" But now that the "service" is expanding in its geographic reach, there's a greater chance that someone will get peeved at the (perceived) privacy invasion.
Anyone know why Amazon's A9 Maps failed? I heard there was limited support for the project internally and Amazon didn't have the financial balls to take on GYM's map offerings. But I have to wonder if a lack of public enthusiasm - beyond voyeurism - was a contributing factor (and will be for Street Views).