When I was an undergrad one of my instructors taught us the concept of N.I.M.B.Y. (see title), which is basically the idea that as long as something someone is doing doesn't affect you it doesn't matter. This has a large impact on mapping and especially on remotely sensed information.
We all love that we can go into Google maps and find our house (see image) we love using sites like Trulia to research homes and use Google's street view to take a look at the neighborhood. There is always an outcry when the government wants to have some privacy, but when does this close up view of our homes or cars become an invasion of personal privacy? In some cases it seems pretty cut and dry, If the photographers come onto private property to take the pics, but if you are picking your nose, or in this case peeing (Safe for work) on the side of the road you really have no recourse.
I was talking to the Cartography class I teach about this, and they didn't seemed to be bothered by the fact that this kind of information was out there until one guy in class shouted out "hey I know that guy" as he was looking at street view of his hometown. After that, it was creepy. I am still undecided as to what I think about it. I love that I can get data so easily, because that is what I do for work, but I am not sure I like my data so easily available. I guess in my case it really is a case of N.I.M.B.Y.
What do you think of this trend in geospatial information availability?