Um, huh? A couple in Pennsylvania is suing Google to the tune of $25K+ for “pain and suffering” after their house showed up on Google Street View. The house was purchased for $163,000 according to “The Smoking Gun“. So, this begs the question. Just how ugly is their house that it would cause that much pain and suffering?
Aaron and Christine Boring bought the home in Franklin Park, a Pittsburgh suburb, in October 2006 for a “considerable sum of money,” according to their 10-page lawsuit filed Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.
“A major component of their purchase decision was a desire for privacy,” the lawsuit said.
The suit targets the company over images on its website, which allows users to find street-level photos by clicking on a map. To gather the photos, Google uses vehicles with mounted digital cameras to take pictures up and down the streets of major metropolitan areas.
The Borings say the images of their home on the Google site had to be taken from their long driveway, labeled “Private Road,” and that violated their privacy.
“There’s no merit to this action,” Google spokesman Larry Yu said. “It is unfortunate litigation was chosen to address the concern because we have visible tools, such as a YouTube video, to help people learn about imagery removal and an easy-to-use process to facilitate image removal.”
Yes, but, then they couldn’t have the chance to win the lottery if they had followed the steps.
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[tags]Privacy, Google Sued, Google Street View[/tags]