Google Street View

| June 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Ok, so this isn’t all that funny, in fact, the video below is about as funny as this subject gets. But, it is a very cool sort of useful tool. People over 30 will never use it, people over 30 probably aren’t reading this so, let me just get something off my chest… Bon Jovi is not as good as you guys say he is. There I said it, and it feels better…

There are lots of lawsuits popping up alledging various invasions of privacy associated with this new technology. The best of which is on thesmokinggun.com. This couple is very appropriately named the Borings…

APRIL 4–A Pittsburgh couple is suing Google for invasion of privacy, claiming that the web giant’s popular “Street View” mapping feature has made a photo of their home available to online searchers. Aaron and Christine Boring accuse Google of an “intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion” of their seclusion and privacy since they live on a street that is “clearly marked with a ‘Private Road’ sign,” according to a lawsuit the couple filed this week in Allegheny County’s Court of Common Pleas. A copy of the April 2 complaint can be found below. According to the Borings, they purchased their Oakridge Lane home in late-2006 for “a considerable sum of money,” noting that a “major component of their purchase decision was a desire for privacy.” But when Pittsburgh was added last October to the roster of cities covered by Google’s “Street View” feature, the Borings allege, their “private information was made known to the public,” causing them “mental suffering” and diminishing the value of their home (which cost the couple $163,000, according to property records). The Borings are seeking in excess of $25,000 in damages and want a court order directing Google to destroy images of their home. Click here for some photos of the Boring property, which is now even easier to locate via Google Maps, since the plaintiffs included their home address on the lawsuit’s first page. And while they are litigating, perhaps the Borings should consider suing Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessments, which includes a photo of their home (which was built in 1916 and sits on 1.82 acres) on its web site.

The best part about all of this is the small amount of justice that comes from the fact that these people are stupid. They were trying to get a free paycheck and if they actually cared about their privacy before, they have lost it all now. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Boring you have accomplished the opposite of everything you ever wanted, because you are too stupid to think about what might happen five minutes in the future.
But, seriously, you should use street view its neat-o. Plus, you can take away people’s privacy.

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