Google Found Liable In Pa. Couple's Privacy Case

A couple of years ago, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google for invasion of privacy, among other things. They were upset after a Google van drove down their street and took pictures of their house. This week the court found Google liable for trespass. The company has to pay damages of $1.

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And our last word in business today is boring victory.

A Pennsylvania couple sued Google a couple of years ago for invasion of privacy, among other things. Aaron and Christine Boring were upset after a Google van drove down their street and took pictures of their house. Google does this all over the world for its street view mapping service. But the Boring family found it to be intrusive. The Boring case was initially thrown out, but the lawsuit dragged on. And here's where it gets really interesting: This week, a judge ruled that Google is guilty. The company has to pay the couple $1. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The court entered a judgment, agreed to by all parties, that Google was liable for trespass. Damages were $1.]

Of course, if you multiply that by every house Google ever photographed, it could add up to real money.

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