Friday, December 3, 2010

Google Admits Trespassing and Pays a Settlement

Google Streetview collected photos in Pittsburgh.  Normally this involves the Google car driving past your house snapping photos.  One Pittsburgh couple says, they literally crossed the line.  Aaron and Chrstine Boring sued because their house is not on a public street but on a private road.  Their lawsuit said the Google car could only have taken the photos is they traveled to their house via a private road that was marked with a "No Trespassing" sign.

Google's defense was that the Boring home could ask for it to be removed AND the county real estate tax site had a similar photo.

Globally, Google Street View has fans and detractors.  English countryside villagers formed a human chain to block the Google car.  Germany demanded that citizens have the right to fuzz out their house or ask in advance to not have their house image included at all.

The settlement to the Borings?  $1.

"Google admits trespassing in Pa., pays couple $1", Joe Mandak, AP, December 1, 2010.

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