Google Pays $1 Compensation in Street View Privacy Case

Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google Inc. two years ago after pictures on its Street View service showed that one of its vehicles had driven up their private road.

Google StreetView Cars catching us all the time. Photo: Dave Toussaint/Flickr

Aaron and Christine Boring, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sued the company two years ago after pictures on its Street View service showed that one of its vehicles had driven up their private road.

The couple accused it of invading their privacy, trespassing, negligence, and unjust enrichment.

Their case was dismissed in February last year by a Pennsylvania district judge, who said the Borings had not shown that Google’s images of their property had caused them distress.

The Borings filed an appeal, however, and in February 2010, the appeals court found that they could pursue their allegation of trespassing.

Earlier this week, in a Pennsylvania district court, a judgment was entered by consent in favour of the Borings. Both sides agreed to “nominal damages” of $1 (64p).

Gregg Zegarelli, the Borings’ attorney, described the compensation as “one sweet dollar of vindication.”

“This is about right and wrong,” Mr Zegarelli said. “Maybe my client and I are hopeless romantics, but I suppose some people said the same thing in 1950 about a male executive calling female staff ‘sweetie/honey,’ or African Americans just sitting a few seats farther in the back of the bus.”

A spokesman for Google said: “We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgement that they are entitled to only $1.” [via The Telegraph (UK)]

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