Apr 8, 2008

Google Sued over StreetView privacy issue

An US couple from Pittsburgh (Oakridge Lane) sued Google because of the StreetView service, which made publicly available photos of their house. The Boring family (really, this is their name) want $25,000 for the reduction in the value of their house caused by the publication of the photos (which they specifically acquired in the first place due to the privacy offered), and of course for mental suffering. You can see below their property from distance:

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However, it seems that Google removed the photos that the couple claimed were shot after the company trespassed on a road marked private, so this means maybe Google acknowledged the fact that it was trespassing after all. Or maybe they used the StreetView option that provides a way to remove photos that affect your privacy.