Man Sues Google Over Street View Photo of Him Peeing [VIDEO]
A man in France has suedbecause 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.”
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.
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