Bank heists are inappropriate uses for Google Street View

Planning a heist has never been easier. This is the 21st century: Just pull up a mapping website like Google Maps with Street View to figure out your getaway route.

Fortunately for the rest of us, Louisiana lawmakers added a legal roadblock in 2010 by making this sort of thing against the law. The Volokh Conspiracy (whose name shouldn’t suggest they were planning such crimes) has found that using these tools for a crime will get you an extra year in the slammer. It’s an extra ten years if this was terrorism.

And for what it’s worth, I haven’t gone back to using Google. I use it as an example here because Mr. Volokh uses that. As I’ve said before, I’m a Bing.com user. This is an important point when Google has been going full Big Brother.