SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple is deploying spy planes that can capture highly detailed images for its "Maps" software that is rumoured to be announced today.
According to reports online, the California firm has recruited a private fleet of aircraft that use military grade cameras, which are said to be so powerful that they can show objects down to four inches wide and see into skylights and windows.
News that the technology has already been tested out in cities across the world, including London, has sparked fears that people's privacy might be at risk.
Nick Pickles, director of British civil liberties and privacy group Big Brother Watch said that privacy is being sacrificed in a 'race to the bottom'.
"The next generation of maps is taking us over the garden fence," he said. "You won't be able to sunbathe in your garden without worrying about an Apple or Google plane buzzing overhead taking pictures."
Apple was not available for comment at time of writing.
It is understood that Apple's rival Google is also using a similar technology to generate 3D images for Google Maps, which was announced last week for mobile devices.
Apple will hold its WWDC keynote today at 10am Pacific time (6pm GMT), when it is thought it will announce its maps software as well as IOS 6.0 and a line of upgraded Macbook laptops. µ
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