Google Wins Boring Lawsuit

A federal judge dismissed a Pittsburgh couple’s suit against Google (GOOG), rejecting their claim that the Internet giant’s Street View feature violated their privacy.

Google Maps’s Street View, which launched in 2007, shows street-level maps of some cities. The couple, Christine and Aaron Boring, sued Google in April (our Law Blog colleagues wrote about it), accusing it of negligence, unjust enrichment and trespassing, in addition to privacy violation, because photos of their home appeared in Street View.

The judge, Amy Hay, said in her ruling that “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.”

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