Street View Lawsuit Costs Google $1

By Avik, Gaea News Network
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Google Inc. is supposed to pay $1 duo to invasion of privacy of a Pennsylvania couple who took the company to court. They claim that Google’s Street View caused damage to their privacy.

Street View happens to be a feature that allows users to pick a point on a map and watch a panoramic street-level image of the surroundings. With a little adjustments made, in finding the location of the point, a user is enabled to tale a virtual walk down the street. This is made possible by panoramic photos taken by cars that Google has equipped with cameras.

According to the Associated Press,

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Bissoon on Thursday signed off on a consent judgment, a mutually agreed-upon verdict, between the Mountain View, Calif., company and Aaron and Christine Boring, of Franklin Park.

Post the judgement Google stated that

We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1.

The couple is pretty much happy with the judgement and stated that it was never really about the money, they were just eying on an apology,

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.

If given a thought the fact remains true, a service like Streetview can often lead to privacy interruption. What do you think?

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