Ms. Kalin-Casey, who manages an apartment building here with her husband, John Casey, was a bit shaken when she tried a new feature in Googleâ€™s map service called Street View. She typed in her address and the screen showed a street-level view of her building. As she zoomed in, she could see Monty, her cat, sitting on a perch in the living room window of her second-floor apartment.
“The issue that I have ultimately is about where you draw the line between taking public photos and zooming in on peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Ms. Kalin-Casey said in an interview Thursday on the front steps of the building. â€œThe next step might be seeing books on my shelf. If the government was doing this, people would be outraged.”