We hear so much about Google invading our lives…

Here’s one you weren’t expecting:

A view from much further away.

(Reuters) – A Frenchman took Google to court on Thursday over a photo published online by its Street View application showing him urinating in his front yard which he believes has made him the laughing stock of his village in rural northwest France.

The man, who is aged around 50 and lives in a village of some 3,000 people in the Maine-et-Loire region, is demanding the removal of the photo, in which locals have recognised him despite his face being blurred out.

He also wants 10,000 euros in damages.

“Everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy,” his lawyer, Jean-Noel Bouillard, told Reuters. “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 Judge is ruling on March 15th. This will be one to wait for.

Meanwhile, watch what you do in your own yard.

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Posted on March 3, 2012, in Business, Corporations, crime, ethics, event, funny, Internet, Legal, News, Opinion, Press, quote, Technology, Warning, World News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mike Zagarella

    If he didn’t want his neighbors to know he peed in the yard – why didn’t he do it in the BACK yard?? Now, I don’t want anyone snooping in my bedroom with a hidden camera, but if you do something out in public – it’s out in public. I don’t know how Google Maps works, but I assume they are not using mini cams on drones. Someone must have driven by when he was peeing? No? Seems to me that if you do something in public you give up at least a certain amount of privacy.

  2. Hehe! I personally agree with Jean-Noel. The privacy & secrecy should be available. But on the other hand, it also goes to the freedom of photography. Though, some ethical stuff should be taken into account when taking pictures of others and making them public. :))) Looking forward to see what would be the answer from the court!

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