From the GEO-JOBE blog it seems Google is being sued for invasion of privacy
The Borings say the images of their home on the Google site had to be taken from their long driveway, labeled “Private Road,” and that violated their privacy.
“There’s no merit to this action,” Google spokesman Larry Yu said. “It is unfortunate litigation was chosen to address the concern because we have visible tools, such as a YouTube video, to help people learn about imagery removal and an easy-to-use process to facilitate image removal.”
So it is ok for Google to invade privacy because you can search through all their data and report any problems yourself, and at their discretion they will remove it. I’m sorry but personally I do not believe the public should have to prove all data posted by big companies is or isn’t invading privacy, the company should prove all data is legal before releasing it. I’m used to my privacy being invaded and abused by my government, not happy of course, but private companies doing this is just not acceptable.