Earlier, Greek government used Google Maps and Google Earth to find people who had craftily evaded taxes by failing to declare a pool. Now Google Earth-enabled law enforcement has come to the USA. The town of Riverhead in Long Island, taking a lesson from the Greeks, is also using Google Earth to track down about 250 “unpermitted” pools. And using the satellite imaging service has proved profitable, Riverhead officials have collected over $75,000 in fines from pool owners who never filled out the required paperwork.
When contacted Google for comment on this somewhat alarming unintended use. “Pool safety has always been my concern,” Riverhead’s chief building inspector Barnes said regarding the fines.