The bill would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals." -- California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (pictured)

Wednesday, California Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced AB 255, which would require online mapping services such as Google Earth or Virtual Earth to blur aerial or satellite views of churches, schools, government or medical buildings. The bill would also prohibit the maps from providing street-level views of such facilities. Violators would be charged with a crime, assessed a penalty of $250,000 per day and given a prison term. A note on Anderson's Web site says the bill is "a public safety bill that would establish a basic standard of security for soft targets of hate crimes and terrorism, such as schools, places of worship, government buildings, and hospitals."

Wayne Hanson  |  Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government