A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the Google Map’s Street View put a picture of him urinating in his garden on the internet, AFP reports.
“He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an object of ridicule in his village,” the Frenchman’s lawyer Jean-Noel Bouillaud told AFP.
The slightly blurred photo shows the man, 50, relieving himself in a garden in his village in the Maine-et-Loire region of France. The photo was taken in November 2010, according to The Daily Mail.
The street view in question:
“My client lives in a tiny hamlet where everyone recognised him,” said Bouillaud, adding that his client was on his own property and the gate to his garden was closed at the time.
The man is suing Google in a court in the city of Angers for infringement of his privacy and of his right not to have his photo published without his accord. He also wants Google to pay him 10,000 euros ($13,200) in damages, and withdraw the photo form the site.
Google’s lawyer, Christophe Bigot, has asked the court to declare the complaint null and void because Google Maps is owned by the company’s U.S. headquarters, not by Google France.
The court is due to make a ruling on the case on March 15, Reuters reports.
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