If nothing else, it might provide a wake-up call to encourage people to secure their systems!
Can anyone throw any light on Google's business model for doing all this? The cost of driving their camera-equipped cars along every road on the planet must be colossal. Presumably this must somehow generate a commensurate amount of revenue - but I struggle to understand how.
 Well, the western world, at any rate - they don't appear to have done much in Russia or China! But I was amazed to find that Street View covers a rural area in NSW (Australia) which I shall soon be visiting. Some relatives of mine live right out in the sticks, and a rural road within about 2 Km of their property (which probably only carries a handful of vehicles per day) can be seen on Street View.