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Up in the sky, it's a plane -- a spy plane. And it -- and Google and Apple -- are watching you.

The technology giants are in a maps race, attempting to win the lion's share of the mobile and computer-based mapping market. And this has led to a spyplane race, as both companies are using "military-grade spy planes" to photograph American urban areas, a practice that's attracted interest from United States senators, according to Reuters.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, sent a strongly-worded letter to the two companies on Monday. Schumer wrote that the Silicon Valley giants are engaging in "an unprecedented invasion of privacy" by using technology capable of recording pocket-sized objects, the news wire reported.

Google, Apple Use "Military-grade Spy Planes" for Map Apps 

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