Google Admits Trespassing - Will Pay $1 For Damages
By: John Lester
Published: Dec 3, 2021
Google Admits Trespassing - Street View sued over privacy and judge awards plantiffs $1.
Google Admits Trespassing - Will pay $1 for damages. Google admits it was trespassing when it took a photo and plans to pay $1. The settlement comes after the search engine's product, known as Street View, took an area photo of a house.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Cathy Bissoon on signed off on a consent judgment, a mutually agreed-upon verdict, between the company and Aaron and Christine Boring, of Franklin Park. A Google spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which first reported the parties had agreed to the judgment, that the settlement is limited to the Borings. "We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs' acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1," Google said in a statement, adding that its ability to continue the Street View feature is unaffected.
The Borings' attorney, Gregg Zegarelli, said his clients are satisfied to have made the point that the search engine giant trespassed. "This is about right and wrong. 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," Zegarelli said. "This is one sweet dollar of vindication," the Borings said in a statement. "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."
Google's Street View feature lets users view homes and businesses as though they are driving along a three-dimensional street. It's assembled by having cars with digital cameras collect images that are then paired with Google's map data. The Borings sued in 2008, saying their privacy was violated.