Google Settles Boring Lawsuit for $1

Posted on Dec 2 2010 - 1:49pm by Kyle

Aaron & Christine Boring's Property. The Boring's settled with Google over privacy concerns for $1 source: Digital Earth Blog

Love that headline right read on…

Aaron and Christine Boring of Franklin, PA sued Google in 2008 for invasion of privacy and tresspassing. The Borings alleged in their lawsuit that a Google photographer tresspassed on their property while taking a picture for Google’s now infamous street view.

The Borings knew that the only way for the Google photographer to take that particular photograph was to be within 1000 feet of their home. They own all the property that surrounds that home and have “No Tresspassing” signs in clear view of their driveway.

Google has now announced that it did tresspass while taking that photograph but in their settlement with the Borings are only required to pay the couple $1 (yes one dollar). Google gave this statement to the Associated Press “We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1,”

The Boring’s issued a statement through their attorney Gregg Zegarelli “This is one sweet dollar of vindication,” the statement said. “Google could have just sent us an apology letter in the very beginning, but chose to try to prove they had a legal right to be on our land. We are glad they finally gave up.”

The Borings originally sued Google in April of 2008, in February of 2009 their original case was dismissed. U.S. Magistrate Judge Amy Reynolds Hay said the couple did not take reasonable steps to have the pictures removed, did not prove mental suffering or that their home had decreased in value as a result of Google’s tresspassing.  The Boring’s appealed. Before the case could be re-heard Hay had passed away and Judge Cathy Bisson put both parties together and came to the $1 resolution.

Although questions of privacy have come up in the United States, Greece, England and Germany are the countries that seem to be most disturbed by Google Street View. In Gemany, people must opt-in before their property can be photographed for Google Street View.
Source: Associated Press via Forbes
Photo: Digital Earth Blog

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