Short Bytes: A new case has popped up where a government vehicle was found disguised under the name of Google Street View car and monitoring public’s activities. Neither the government nor Google has taken the responsibility for the vehicle but it is sure from the case that government is into some spying activities.
Once he saw the truck, he tweeted about the same with the title ‘WTF’. That tweet makes us think why does government agency need to disguise themselves in something which pretends to a Google Street View car.
A bill pasted on the dashboard indicated that the car was registered with the Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management. The organization is responsible for maintaining government’s vehicles, indicating that the vehicle is being used by a local agency.
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When Christopher Cocci, the city’s fleet manager, was approached regarding the vehicle with department’s signature on the document, a surprising response came that the vehicle did not belong to Pennsylvania State Police.
If none of the other departments are using this vehicle and no department is raising its hands and taking the claim that means this vehicle was being illegally used under the name of Google Street View car.
When Google was approached for the same, they said,
Let’s see who takes the ownership of the incident and whom does the truck belong to? But, this is sure from the picture that the govt. is using illegal activities to monitor the citizens’ daily activities.
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