- Associated Press - Saturday, August 14, 2010

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - High-tech eyes in the sky are being used creatively by government officials, raising privacy concerns from civil libertarians and others.

At issue is the use of images from satellites in orbit or sophisticated aerial photography to spot swimming pools or other household buildings or additions.

In Riverhead, N.Y, officials recently used Google Earth to help identify about 250 homes where residents failed to get safety permits for their swimming pools.

Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center fears that other municipalities may be inspired to use Google or other services to check on zoning code violations and other transgressions of local laws.

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