A couple in Pennslyvania have tried to stop Google showing the Streetview of their street – but to no avail. The couple are Boring…that’s their surname..how unfortunate – I wonder if they have many friends?
The Borings sued Google in April 2008 for privacy, trespassing, negligence, and unjust enrichment after photographs of their home showed up on Street View, a mapping program that displays street-level, 360-degree photographs of areas traversed by specially equipped Google vehicles.
The photographs in questions were taken at the foot of the Boring’s Pittsburgh area driveway and showed the couple’s house, a pool area, and detached garage. Street View photos of their home are no longer accessible, though the photos live on in the blogosphere and on various Web sites.
Judge Hay said that the Borings failed to prove that the publication of these images caused them to suffer shame or humiliation. She was also unconvinced that Google was guilty of trespassing, as the photographer had caused no harm to the Boring property.
I can sort of understand where they are coming from. When we looked at our house on Street View – you can quite clearly see our son standing at our backdoor – in his boxers! It looks like the Google camera went down the road early one morning, about 18 months ago.
You can see for yourself below:
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An interesting judicial outcome…their house was removed from the view. But that wasnt really the issue – the Borings were after some settlement dosh – how very American!
The amusing thing is that not that many places in Tasmania have been “Googled” in Streetview – the centre of Hobart isnt there – but our little old road in out of the way Woodbridge is there…curious.
I shouldn’t complain I am very happy with Netspace and the broadband plan I have chosen. $49.95 for 512Kbps @ 30 gb download…for those who live on my side of the black stump – that’s not bad…
But surely we must start to get a better ADSL internet access service, together with competitive pricing in Australia…
While the U.S. isn’t the best comparison for Australia in broadband provision options – many locations in Europe have even better infrastructure and hence better plans and pricing – its a good place to start…
I pay $39.95…
– in the U.S with Verizon you pay US$29.99 ($33.60AUD based on 1 AUD = 0.892499 USD)
But they get unlimited downloads, 3Mbps down and 768 Kbps up….
In Europe with BT will give you unlimited downloads at 8Mbps for EUR24.99 ($41.37AUD) (and that plan includes the cost of a wireless hub and phone and you can get free phonecalls……arrrrrgggggghhhh! – and then there’s Telstra’s service and pricing!! ;-(
Why not Australia….??
Breaking News: Telstra are going to shape, rather than shaft you on broadband excess usage fees.
“Customers who reach the 25GB monthly usage allowance on the Liberty 25GB plan will have their connection slowed to 64kbps for the remainder of their billing period – rather than pay additional usage charges.”
It’s like they just invented it…shape – not shaft.
Why has it taken so long? Has Bogpond finally found that there is a limit to the number of customers who will tolerate their egregious broadband pricing policies? Is revenue falling as more join other ISPs – I have had 30gb for some time – with shaping.
Hello? Telstra? Hello? Is anyone in there?
I was struck by both humour and incredulity when I heard that the ACCC was to take action against Google for “misleading and deceptive conduct” by “failing to adequately distinguish sponsored links from “organic” search results”.
If this is the type of action the ACCC is pursuing with our tax dollars, one can only assume that in coming weeks we will see the ACCC take so called News and Current Affairs programs to task for their badly disguised advertorials. While they are at it, they can add in a few newspapers, magazines, radio programs and other forms of media that all too often pass off adverts for news and current affairs.
Get real ACCC – Australians want you to pursue actions that really matter – like the appalling grocery and petrol pricing regimes in this country.
With the rise and rise of internet enabled mobile “phones” – what a great way to tell the time!
See The Human Clock here.