Couple Seeks $25K Over Google's 'Street View'

Privacy-seeking couple claims 'mental suffering' after home appears online
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 6:11 PM CDT
A visitor passes an exhibition stand of Google in Duesseldorf.   (AP Photo/Rene Tillmann, file)
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(Newser) – Google gave in to the Defense Department, but can it fight a couple in Pittsburgh? Aaron and Christine Boring are seeking more than $25,000 for invasion of privacy by Google's “Street View” feature, the Smoking Gun reports. The couple says that a “major component of their purchase decision was a desire for privacy,” and Internet images of their home diminish its value.

The Borings also complain of “mental suffering” due to public exposure; the street they live on is “clearly marked” private, and, thanks to Google, “private information was made known.” The suit calls for the destruction of all images of their home. “Street View” teams were recently banned from military bases across the country due to pictures Google calls “a mistake,” AP reports.