Google fined $2,250 for exposing Canadian woman’s cleavage on Street View

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Unless you’re new to the internet, you’ve probably heard of some of the crazy stories surrounding photos and images on Google’s Street View services. Everything from crime scenes to urban legends have allegedly been captured on the service, if you know where to look.

This situation is more than just an internet rumor, though. A woman in Canada filed legal claims against Google for capturing a shot of her leaning forward on her porch and exposing her cleavage, showing her off to anybody that bothered to look up her address on Street View. Apparently whoever is in charge of blurring out things like license plates and addresses didn’t think this was worth censoring. 

After the claims were filed, Google essentially just blurred out the entire residence. Technically, that works, but it’s a pretty sloppy solution. Google refused to pay out any money to the woman, however, arguing that she was in a public place when the photo was taken. Unfortunately for Google, the Canadian courts didn’t fully agree with that defense and ordered the company to pay out $2,250 to the woman, plus interest and court fees. She originally wanted $45,000 for emotional damages, so Google lucked out there.

The moral of the story? If you see a Google Street View car, make sure you’re dressed well enough that you won’t mind strangers on the internet looking at it.

source: Gigaom


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  • TG

    “….The moral of the story? If you see a Google Street View car, make sure you’re dressed well enough that you won’t mind strangers on the internet looking at it….”

    Another moral might be to avoid the Canadian legal system.

    • myepicyear

      Another moral : If you see a Google Street view car rolling down the road in Canada, do anything you can to put yourself in a dubiously embarrassing position–one which will likely be “missed” by Google’s censoring algorithms.
      Then: Wait until the image is live, inspire sympathy by claiming you’re emotionally damaged. Worst case scenario: Over two grand in your pocket; not a cent of which you actually had to work for. Plus, an extremely interesting dinner story to tell when you have guests over.

  • Zatch

    Women’s logic: wear low cut shirt, get mad when guys look.

  • ChuckN007

    As your mother told you: Put on clean underwear before you leave the house.

  • myepicyear

    What a pathetic opportunist. She would parade around in public with her cleavage out, but all of a sudden, she becomes shy on street view. Cleavage is hardly a “private” thing. If a person is truly concerned about that kind of thing, they cover up. And if the issue was really about privacy, blurring it would have satisfied her. The fact that she thought she was entitled to a $45,000 payout speaks volumes; and the fact that she was awarded a cent more than the cost of her legal fees is really alarming. This kind of ruling sets a precedent, and guarantees more petty lawsuits to come.

    “Apparently whoever is in charge of blurring out things like license plates and addresses didn’t think this was worth censoring.”
    Seriously?? You act like it’s a human being doing it manually.