Thursday, July 31, 2008

Google: No such thing as complete privacy

I don't know about you, but the more I learn about Google's approach to privacy, the more I get concerned.

I don't know if cavalier is the best description of the way in which they address privacy concerns and issues...maybe its just abstinence, or perhaps disinterest, or even opposition? Don't get me wrong, this case against Google appears to be pretty frivolous. My issue with them here has more to do with the way they discuss privacy as a general principle, and their seeming lack of appreciation of its constitutional importance.

Google defends "Street View" in court. Cnet reports:

Google's Street View service didn't invade a Pittsburgh couple's privacy, the search giant said in a response to the couple's April lawsuit over the matter.

"Plaintiffs' privacy claims fail, among other reasons, because the view of a home from the driveway that can be seen by any visitor, delivery person, or telephone repairman is not private," the company said in response to the suit, according to a copy posted at The Smoking Gun. Google seeks to dismiss the claim in its filing.

Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google April 2 in Allegheny County, arguing Google's "reckless conduct" in driving down a private road and publishing the resulting photos caused "mental suffering" and hurt the value of their home. The two are seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

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