The article about the Gage County Assessor’s office planning on buying software to take comparative pictures of the county was quite disturbing.

The right to privacy has been established for a long time in common law and, although never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has cited it in several cases.

Several states even have that right written into their Constitutions. What the County is proposing, with 3D pictures of the buildings, is nothing more than an invasion of privacy.

I understand local governments are using cameras on street corners, which I find a bit like a scene from George Orwell’s book “1984.” Taking 3D pictures of people’s homes goes much further; seeing in people’s windows, private parties, sunbathers, or people swimming in their back yards. Do we really want to give permission to the County to become a “peeping Tom?”

Terry Cossel, Beatrice

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