Google Street View Wins Another Legal Test
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.
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.