A man from rural northwest France has sued Google over a photo published online by Google’s Street View application, reports Reuters. The photo showed the person urinating in his backyard.
The person is about 50 years of age. He lives in village located in the Maine-et-Loire region. The Frenchman complains that he has become the laughing stock of his village due to this published photograph. The face of the man was blurred in the photo, but despite that, locals recognized him in the picture. The Frenchman is now asking Google to delete the photograph and pay him 10,00 euros in damages.
“Everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy,” said, Jean-Noel Bouillard, the lawyer of Frenchman, while talking to 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 Street View application, offered by Google, covers over two dozen countries. Using this application, Google Maps users can view photos of streets captured with the help of camera cars.
The photo of the man was taken in November 2010.
Google’s lawyer in this case, Christophe Bigot, has requested the court to declare the case null and void. The final verdict is expected to come on March 15.