Google Street View: a picture's worth $1 fine?

Law of the Land

Internet giant Google publicized images of a Pittsburgh, Pa., home owned by Aaron and Christine Boring on its Google Street View service that Google had snapped from the Borings’ private road and driveway. To create Street Views, Google affixes digital cameras to automobiles and hires individuals to drive around and take photographs of streets worldwide.

Google advertises Street View, a free service, as extending only to public streets, and does have a button where users can report and request the removal of images.

The Borings filed suit against Google, claiming that because their road is visibly marked "Private Road, No Trespassing," by having their photographer drive up the road and by publishing the images, Google violated their privacy interests. Google removed the case to federal court, and on Google’s motion, the court dismissed all of the Borings’ claims.