Privacy lawsuit against Google ends

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A federal civil lawsuit contending that Google Inc.'s Street View online maps invade the privacy of property owners had come to an apparent end with a consent judgment the parties submitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Aaron and Christine Boring, of Franklin Park, and Google have entered into the judgment confirming that the California company trespassed against them when its vehicles drove by and photographed their home on Oakridge Lane, a private road. Google consented to paying $1 in damages. A note to the federal docket indicates that both sides will pay their own costs.

"We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs' acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1," a Google representative said, adding that the judgment is limited to this case and that the company would not cease taking photographs for its Street View feature.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Amy Reynolds Hay had initially dismissed the Borings' complaint but their trespassing claim was reinstated on appeal. It was believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.


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