Google Fined Over Cleavage on Street View
Driving around town and being snapped at an awkward moment by the Google Maps Street View car can be an embarrassing moment. But for one Montreal woman unknowingly photographed on Street View, it could have been downright illegal. Montreal resident Maria Pia Grillo was photographed sitting outside of her house with “part of her breast exposed” in 2009, according to Gigaom. Grillo would go onto file a case against Google for invasion of privacy and a Montreal judge recently ruled in her favor, mandating Google to pay $2,250 in compensation. According to the court’s decision, Grillo suffered embarrassment and emotional damage from the image in question, which originally blurred out only her face but left enough evidence to identify her clearly. Grillo claims that resultant workplace torment over the image led to her quitting her job, and according to a USA Today report, put her at risk to “potential predators.” RELATED: Take a closer look at Subaru's all-new 2015 Impreza WRX
She complained to Google about the image and sent the company a letter shortly after she discovered the photo, though Google says it never received the letter. In 2011, Grillo filed an official complaint against the Internet firm and demanded that the remainder of her body and license plate be blurred out, in addition to $45,000 for emotional distress.
Google agreed to blur the remainder of the image, but declined to pay Grillo on the basis that she was in a public place and that Google was not directly responsible for the comments she received.
The Montreal judge’s recent ruling stipulates that even though people may be in a public place, they don’t forfeit their right to privacy. Grillo will receive $2,250 plus interest as well as $159 for court fees.
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Photos via: T Pritchard, S McCann