The website celebrityad dressaerial.com makes possible exactly that sort of high-tech snooping, listing addresses and aerial photos of the homes of hundreds of celebrities, corporate titans, politicians and others -- including Paris Hilton, Steven Spielberg, Warren Buffet, Matt Drudge, Steve Jobs and Kobe Bryant.
The site boasts that users "will be able to see behind the tall hedges, big gates and security systems" and "get unprecedented access to the sort of lifestyle your favorite celebrity can afford."
To a lot of stars and their lawyers, that's a big problem.
For nearly two years, the site operated with little notice. But Friday, a search warrant unsealed in Las Vegas revealed that one of the members of an alleged burglary ring had used the site, along with TMZ.com and Google Maps, "to gain intelligence on" the homes of young Hollywood celebrities, including Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. Members of the ring would then visit the location to search for a "mode of entry," LAPD investigators said.
Suddenly, celebrityaddress aerial.com finds itself embroiled in an angry debate over the limits of privacy in the digital age -- the latest example of how new technology has eroded the line between the personal and the public.