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Boring v. Google, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
362 Fed. Appx. 273, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 1891, 38 Media L. Rep. 1306 (3d Cir. Pa. Jan. 28, 2010)


Aaron and Christine Boring (plaintiffs) live on a private road marked with a “no trespassing” sign. That did not stop a vehicle with a camera on top from pulling into their driveway and taking a photo for Google Maps’ “Street View” feature. The photo showed only the exterior of their house, garage, and swimming pool, similar to a previous photograph that appeared on the county assessor’s website. But the Borings sued Google, Inc. (defendant), for invasion of privacy and trespass. The trial court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a legally cognizable claim, reasoning that Google’s conduct would not offend a person of ordinary sensibilities and that the Borings did not show any damages from trespass. The Borings appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Jordan, J.)

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