Google Doing Evil Cost Company $1
HANNOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 03: A German Google Street View car stands on display at the CeBIT Technology Fair on March 3, 2010 in Hannover, Germany. Google's Street View project has raised controversy from people across Europe worried about infringement of their privacy. CeBIT will be open to the public from March 2 through March 6. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Updated at 10:30 AM PDT on Thursday, Dec 2, 2010
Google aims to do no evil but when the search giant actually does, how much does it cost the company? $1.
A Pittsburgh family that sued the Mountain View-based tech company for trespassing on its property has settled with Google for the one figure penalty.
Good admitted it trespassed when it took a picture of Aaron and Christine Boring's home for its controversial Street View service.
Still the company proposed a $1 settlement with the couple and they agreed, happy to make a point by getting Google to admit it trespassed.
But the couple acknowledged a large part of the motivation to settle was the realization that they can't control a tech firm the size of Google.
Google's Street View has been a thorn in privacy seekers side for years. The company's photographing cars have been chased out of tiny towns, others have faked birth scenes to mess with the cameras, while many others have cried foul.
Perhaps upsetting the most upsetting part of the settlement to Google's detractors is the company says it will be able to continue its Street View service unhindered.
Published at 10:28 AM PDT on Dec 2, 2010