Friday, March 27, 2009

Google Street View Coming to Canada

CBC reports that Google Street View is en route to Canada:
Google will be driving around 11 Canadian cities across the country again "in coming weeks" to take images for the Canadian version of its Street View service, which it hopes to launch "very soon," the company announced earlier this week.
So let's take a look at how it works:

Since this is, after all, a law blog,  it seems appropriate to note CNET's report on the February 2009 dismissal of an invasion of privacy lawsuit by a Pittsburg couple against Google over alleged invasiveness of its Street View photographers:

A couple in Pittsburgh whose lawsuit claimed that Street View on Google Maps is a reckless invasion of their privacy lost their case.

Aaron and Christine Boring sued the Internet search giant last April, alleging that Google "significantly disregarded (their) privacy interests" when Street View cameras captured images of their house beyond signs marked "private road." The couple claimed in their five-count lawsuit that finding their home clearly visible on Google's Street View caused them "mental suffering" and diluted their home value. They sought more than $25,000 in damages and asked that the images of their home be taken off the site and destroyed.

However, the U.S District Court for Western Pennsylvania wasn't impressed by the suit and dismissed it (PDF) Tuesday, saying the Borings "failed to state a claim under any count."

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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