Looks like Google are in the news again due to regarding their new Google street view. Some Americans have already voiced their opinions about street view and it's potential for privacy violation, and with the launch of street view in Australia, there are fears that this could be a serious invasion of personal privacy. There have even been suggestions that this sort of software could result in cars being stolen (as criminals could see them parked outside homes) or that partners may inadvertibly find that their partner is cheating on them when they see their car parked outside a strangers house.
Google have denied claims that street view could be an invasion of privacy, and have released a statement that 'today's satellite-image technology means that...complete privacy does not exist'. In a case against a Pittsburgh couple, who claim that Google was reckless in taking photos down a private street and causing mental anguish, Google have refused to come to a settlement, choosing to file for dismissal of the case. They claim that because the pictures could be publicly viewed by anyone, an action against Google for invasion of privacy should fail. Without a keep out sign, gate or other such thing to suggest that entry is not permitted onto a property, Google say they are free to approach a home by driveway, walk way, or other means of entering a home without fear of trespass.