Google sued by coin man

A bloke who makes his living flogging rare coins is suing the search outfit Google for invading his privacy.

Jonathan Harris claims that Google incorrectly posted his home address instead of listing the location for his Stuart-based company. Stuart is a city in Martin County, Florida, on the so-called “Treasure Coast”.

Having his home address associated with the sale of rare coins leaves him and his family members targets for a home invasion, he claims.

Basically his beef is that by publishing the wrong address, Google “publicly disclosed that the plaintiff’s family home is where rare coins can be found, and even provided any robbers with a map.

Harris is acting as his own lawyer.

The papers said that a reasonable person who is in the rare coin business would find this objectionable and highly offensive, even if the person did not have a family.

Google made matters worse by ignorings its own policy to remove sensitive information within 48 hours of a written request. He wants a judge to issue a permanent injunction to prevent Google from posting information about his house.

Harris warned Google in 2007 about the problem and it removed him. However in November 2009, he realised Google was again listing his home address as the site for his rare coin business.

The only thing that Google didn’t provide potential robbers was a link to safe-cracking tools and firearms. Ah, so we needed those, thanks Mr Harris.

*EyeSee The coin in this story is an early Republican silver quadrigatus coin, c. 238-211 BCE. Silver coins issued after the Roman victory over Carthage in the First Punic War were called quadrigati (meaning “four-horsed”) because of their standard design. The obverse showed a beardless two-headed Janus, the god whose shrine in the Roman Forum was closed to mark the end of war  – in this case to signal the defeat of Carthage in 241 BCE. The reverse showed Jupiter hurling a thunderbolt from a four-horsed chariot driven by Victory. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 2006.