from the symbolically-boring dept
Just a quick post here, closing the loop on a story we’ve covered for a few years. You may recall that a couple with the surname Boring, sued Google, when they discovered their house was on Street View — saying that it violated their privacy and “devalued” their property. The court quickly tossed the lawsuit, noting that there was no evidence of damage from the photos, and Google offered easy-to-use tools to opt-out of Street View. The Borings appealed, focusing on a trespassing claim — saying that the car went up a private road to photograph their house — and the court was sympathetic that there may have been some trespassing, but not much harm seemed likely. So, it looks like the whole matter is now over, since Google has agreed to pay the couple a grand total of $1 to settle the claims and move on with everyone’s lives.