A couple who sought damages after their property appeared on Google Street View have had their case dismissed, suggesting that - the in the USA at least - Street View can continue without fear of being accused of invading people's privacy.
Street View allows users of Google Maps to view street level 360 degree images of areas that have been photographed by Google's special Street View mapping cars.
A Pittsburgh couple had claimed 'mental suffering' as a result of Google displaying an image of their property looking up the driveway and were seeking £17,000 in damages.
But their claim appears to have collapsed because they did not take up Google's offer to remove the picture when offered.
Verdict: Google has watered down privacy issues by offering an opt-out. A clever plan because it shows willing but also puts the burden on those seeking the opt out because they are likely to draw attention to themselves by doing so.