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Google Street View Wins Another Legal Test

Judge tired of Boring lawsuit

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Google Street View feature may still make privacy groups unhappy, but at least for the time being, it remains a-okay in the eyes of the law.  A federal judge has decided not to give a litigious couple another chance to challenge Street View. 

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Remember the Borings?  In April of last year, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google for trespassing and invasion of privacy after pictures of their house became visible online.  To make up for the resulting "mental anguish," they sought $25,000 in compensation.

Only in February 2009, Judge Amy Reynolds Hay wrote, "While it is easy to imagine that many whose property appears on Google’s virtual maps resent the privacy implications, it is hard to believe that any – other than the most exquisitely sensitive – would suffer shame or humiliation."

And she’s sticking to that verdict.  Wendy Davis reported today, "U.S. District Judge Amy Reynolds Hays in the western district of Pennsylvania ruled this week that there was no reason to reconsider her earlier decision tossing the case."

As we said in February, any future lawsuits against Street View will now have a much tougher time moving forward.

Google Street View Wins Another Legal Test
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  • http://asylum--et.com/ Asylum

    So if I happen to forget to close my shades when I step out of the shower it is then likely that my backside or worse is to be seen by people and possibly even school kids using this application? Or what if I lay nude in my fenced in back yard? If Google wants to have pictures of my house or any of my property to show publicly they can pay me royalties otherwise get of my block and if something else shows up they can look forward to hefty fees for prostituting me out against my will.

    • Guest

      If you (or the Borings) happen to be standing in front of a window Google could snap a pic through then it’s likely people on the street could see you. I suspect that it’s against the law to stand in the buff in front of windows in most neighborhoods. Perhaps your the local “ugly naked guy”? If google could have seen you, then so can your neighbors.

      Perhaps the Borings should build a wall around their house so they can hid what’s been in plain sight for years. I wonder if there was a fire next door, would they sue the local news for the same reasons.

      I hope they had to pay legal fees to Google.

  • Guest

    How shocking?

    Just imagine. Someone can actually drive by my house and look at it!!

    Or take a picture…. How dare they!

    I’m outraged! What’s my lawyers number?

    “sarcastic filter re-engaged”

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    This has gone too far. People complain about the increased presence of police cameras in public places, but if this unregulated service goes unchallenged it will open the doors to career criminals. In our haste to embrace new technology we must pause and ask why are we doing this and what are the consequences?

  • Netman

    There are a lot of points made by both sides of this issue. However, the bottom line is this is public domain. If I were to drive down your street, would I have to cover my eyes as I passed by your house? NO.

    You may not like it, but it is no different than the paparazzi taking photos of celebrities in public places. Now if one was to peer into your bedroom window and take a picture, that is a different story.

    But if it is visible from the street (which is where they take the photos from) then they are within their right.

  • Guest

    I feel many points are being overlooked and many people are approaching this issue from a position of indifference….. bad move.

    1.Consent- The issue here is publishing my person and effects through a public medium. Due etiquette which we all tacitly understand tells us that if you intend to capture someone

  • http://www.dulyon.com/ Hotels

    Content, this is what this ultimately comes down to. Any judge who presided over this and award bias to Google has got to give their head a shake. It’s like me looking in the next door neighbor’s bathroom window with binoculars, but not calling it peeping.

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