Although the potential for data gatherting available from these geospatial is quite remarkable, in content, magnitude and technologically, surely the very power of these systems must raise questions of grave concern.
Given that the information gathered is no doubt of exceptional value, both socialogically and economically, perhaps we must be questioning to what purposes some of the data being gathered can be applied and what limits are we to impose uopn the use of these systems and upon whom.
These are immensely powerful systems which, as far as one can ascertain, are being driven mainly by exceptionally powerful private interests. Being mindful of that and how human greed, avarice and egotism seems to all too often override basic moral standards and common sense, surely we must be asking just what checks and balances are being imposed upon the creators and users of these systems. Indeed, we must ask if there are any comprehensive controls being applied and assured, thereby ensuring the application of these systems and the data gathered thereby can only be used for the greater good and protection of all species which occupy this Planet Earth. If we fail to do that, we shall be risking, at best, uncontrolled exploitation motivated by the simple expediencies of lining the pockets of a well connected and privileged few, or, at worst, use of the systems and data gathered for dubious purposes.
One has only to consider the implications and controversies raised by the freely available Google 'Street View' data to appreciate the magnitued of the 'can of worms' even more powerful data gathering systems can open.