Elsewhere in the lawsuit, the pair said they had transmitted other confidential information over their unprotected Wi-Fi networks, including credit card and banking data, and personal information including Social Security numbers. Van Valin also used her wireless network for VoIP telephone calls.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, which would open the case to a pool of plaintiffs potentially in the millions.
Van Valin and Mertz asked that Google pay both statutory and punitive damages. The former is set as the greater of $100 for each day any plaintiff or class member's data was grabbed by Google, or $10,000 per violation suffered by each plaintiff or class member.
Google faces other legal actions over the Street View snafu. German prosecutors, for example, have launched a criminal investigation into Google's actions, while in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to investigate Google by the consumer group Consumer Watchdog.
Google said today that it would not comment on the lawsuit.
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