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Man Sues Google Over Street View Photo of Him Peeing [VIDEO]

March 2nd, 2012 Go to comments

A man in France has sued Google because a Street View photo shows him in his front yard taking a leak. The middle-aged man lives in a small village and says the photo has made him a laughingstock in the community.

He wants the photo removed, plus €10,000 — or some $13,000 — in damages, Reuters reports.

“Everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy,” says Jean-Noel Bouillard, the unnamed man’s lawyer. “In this particular case, it’s more amusing than serious. But if he’d been caught kissing a woman other than his wife, he would have had the same issue.”

By and large, Europeans have taken a harder stance than Americans in recent years against the substance and amount of information Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are able to collect from users. France’s official data-protection agency has launched an investigation into whether Google’s new privacy policyconflicts with European law.

The litigious urinator’s face is blurred out in the Street View photo in question, but he says that hasn’t stopped fellow villagers fron recognizing him. Reuters reports that the man thought he was in privacy when he relieved himself in November 2010 in his yard behind a closed gate. But a Street View camera still got him. Many of Google’s Street View cars have cameras mounted to rooftop stanchions.

A court in the nearby city of Angers is scheduled to give a verdict on March 15, according to Reuters.

Should the photo be removed? Should the man win damages? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. tony m
    April 1st, 2012 at 08:50 | #1

    Lucky he wasn’t wanking.Or was he?

  2. tony m
    April 1st, 2012 at 08:52 | #2

    And yes he should win damages and have it removed.

  1. March 2nd, 2012 at 23:22 | #1

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