This ought to instill an appropriate level of fear, then
Such a capability offers astonishing detail that is obviously useful to anyone working in law enforcement or security/intelligence -how useful?
Simply click on the pic above and then zoom right down by double-clicking on anybody in the crowd... pretty scary. One can clearly see the faces of almost every single individual (prior to the trouble breaking-out) with just this one pic- and there were thousands upon thousands of people there.
Combine this with rapidly-evolving face recognition technology and the unsettling Orwellian implications are plain. Vancouver Gigapixel
You expected to retain a speck of privacy in the 21st century? How quaint- get ready to be disappointed.
Do note that this technology was simply something in the hands of a private commercial photographer: just think what the police/FBI/CIA/DHS/military must have at their disposal (!)
Alas, the unprincipled partisan snake (who speak with forked tongue) that still occupies the Oval Office provides constitutionally-aware patriots with additional cause for concern: you've got to wonder how many 'gigapixel' photo crews the progs have shadowing GOP candidates and TEA Party events- I'd bet money they're doing it already, not to mention DHS keeping an eye peeled for those (non-existent) white, middle-aged terrorists (and other Obama political opponents) Big Sis mumbles about periodically.