Privacy and security. That’s something most people cherish and something one would expect to find in *exclusive* St. Albert. But how secure do you believe you are in St. Albert? How much privacy do you believe you still have here?
Have you checked out the latest addition to the City’s online service? They’ve spent YOUR dollars to take aerial pictures of YOUR property so that thieves have easier access to check out YOUR security measures, “in” and “out” routes they can access, hiding places your property offers (i.e. shrubs) and the number and type of vehicles on your property.
As an added bonus, the City’s website states :
While the City of St Albert provides the information contained within the following maps and screens in good faith, it does not warrant, covenant, or guarantee the completeness and accuracy of this information. The City is not liable for damages or losses that may result from the use of or reliance upon information accessed through this website.
If Council was even remotely concerned with the security and privacy of its residents and respect what “private property” actually means, it would have done what other places, such as Germany, have done and that is, at the very least, enable residents to “opt out” of this application. Instead it has used YOUR tax dollars to enable the curious and possibly the nefarious to further erode your privacy and safety.
Isn’t it great that taxpayers’ money is used by the City to play with new toys at the expense of the privacy and security of its residents?