Google fined $1 for Street View trespassing

Judge short on sympathy for couple who claimed Street View cameras invaded their privacy

Barry Collins
2 Dec 2010

Google has been fined the princely sum of $1 for trespassing with its Street View cameras.

The somewhat unfortunately named Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google in 2008 for "intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion" of their privacy, after the company sent its Street View cars down the couple's private road and snapped a photo of their house. The couple, you will doubtless be shocked to hear, are from the US - the state of Pennsylvania to be precise.

Most of the Boring's charges against Google had previously been thrown out, including "intrusion into seclusion", negligence and "public disclosure of private facts".

However, the court for the Western District of Pennsylvania decided the couple did have a case against Google when it came to the charge of trespass - although it seems the judge wasn't over-burdened with sympathy for the grief they had suffered.

The Honourable Cathy Bassoon awarded the Borings nominal damages of $1 - which is 64 pence in proper money. You can read the full text of the judgement here.

Google, in a delicious piece of understatement, issued the following statement: “We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1,” according to a report on TechCrunch.

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