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Boring Couple Lose Google Street View Lawsuit; Go Back to Being….Boring



It seems the Boring couple who sued Google for $25,000–claiming Street Views invaded their privacy–will have to return to a life of obscurity. They just lost their suit.

I know we’ve already picked on them for a) their name and b) filing a public lawsuit to protect their privacy, but it appears the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania agreed that the couple’s suit was ridiculous, stating the Borings "failed to state a claim under any count."

Let’s set aside for one second the irony of the Borings going public to protect their privacy. As CNET highlights, there’s a somewhat scary statement buried in Google’s response to the lawsuit.

"Today’s satellite-image technology means that…complete privacy does not exist," Google said in its response to the Borings’ complaint.

That may be true Google, but we expected Big Brother to be the US government, not a technology company yet to reach cyber-puberty.

  • http://www.seotools.co.za/pages/seo-tools/ Jacques Seoman

    Interesting story, and one has to say that Google does have some serious Big Brother overtones about it. What a resource for intelligence agencies to collaborate with……hmmmm, the mind really boggles. Gmail automatically scans your emails for keywords that are matched to adwords,, so what prevents them from scanning for other keywords that will red flag potential criminals or political deviants?

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  • Eric

    My quote of the week.
    “That may be true Google, but we expected Big Brother to be the US government, not a technology company yet to reach cyber-puberty.”

    Brilliant!

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    @eric – I aim to please! :-)

  • http://blog.ecairn.com dominique

    Thanks for the story. It’s really funny !

    Quick note: aren’t other govt already using or about to get similar capabilities ?

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