Google Street View Case Dismissed…and then Appealed


Thanks to TheGISForum twitter (and Directions All Points Blog) for bringing the following to my attention!

That’s right, GeoData Policy is finally twittering:

Google Street View Case Dismissed–Boring v. Google

By Eric Goldman

Boring v. Google, Inc., 2:08-cv-00694-ARH (W.D. Pa. Feb. 17, 2009)

You may recall the Boring case from last Spring. A Pennsylvania couple sued because Google’s camera car drove up their private driveway and the resulting pictures were posted to Google’s Street View. I thought the whole lawsuit was such a silly publicity stunt that I didn’t think it was blog-worthy at the time. Apparently I’m not the only person who wasn’t impressed with the suit, because the court didn’t give the plaintiffs any benefit of the doubt and dismissed the lawsuit handily (without leave to amend).

Some highlights from the discussion…

For full text of the article, visit:

Source: Eric Goldman, Technology & Marketing Law Blog, February 17, 2009

A family whose case against Google’s Street View was dismissed is going back for more.

Judge Amy Reynolds Hay of U.S District Court for Western Pennsylvania last month dismissed a privacy case brought against Google by Aaron and Christine Boring because the couple failed to show that Street View images of their home caused them any real distress.

That ruling was not satisfactory to the Borings, who have appealed the decision.

For full text of the article, visit:,2817,2342425,00.asp

Source: PCMAG.COm, March 4, 2009



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