CNET blogger Stephen Shankland poses this question after he received two very different news releases July 21: One argued that Google Maps helps awful people find you, but the other showed that Google Maps helps you find awful people. The first was from an outfit called Stop Child Predators, which launched a campaign to tell parents about the potential ills of Google Maps’ Street View, which shows driver’s-eye views of countless neighborhoods. "This technology shows anyone in the world our communities, and exposes not only the routes from the bus stops to homes, but our children, without ever stepping foot in our neighborhoods," said Stacie Rumenap, the executive director of Stop Child Predators, in a statement. On the other side was the announcement of CriminalSearches.com, a new service from PeopleFinders.com that said it shows where "sex offenders, … thieves, violent offenders, murderers, or con artists" live in your neighborhood. The site shows people icons on a Google map; clicking an icon shows a person’s photo, description, address, and criminal history. "In a society where personal safety has become an important concern, CriminalSearches.com provides useful information that will help families feel secure in their neighborhoods and personal lives," PeopleFinders.com said…

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