A ruling issued Feb. 18 by Judge Amy Reynolds Hay in a Pennsylvania district court states that Google’s Street View mapping service is not an invasion of privacy, reports Ars Technica. Judge Reynolds has dismissed a lawsuit against the search giant and has denied a request for injunctive relief that sought to block Google from publishing Street View imagery. The lawsuit was filed last year by Aaron and Christine Boring, who contend that Google violated their privacy when a Street View camera car drove past a "private road" sign in their driveway in order to take pictures of their house. Google contended that "complete privacy does not exist" and pointed out that photos of the home and floor plans are already available to the public on the internet from the web site of the Allegheny County assessor’s office. Google also argued that it already provides adequate measures to protect privacy by making it possible for individuals to ask to have pictures of their property removed from Street View. Judge Reynolds sided with Google and concluded that the Street View service doesn’t meet the criteria for an unlawful intrusion. The judge also noted that the Borings have not taken steps to have the images removed from Street View and have, in fact, decreased their own privacy by drawing attention to themselves with the lawsuit…

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