Google Street View. It’s techy, it’s helpful, it’s even caught drug dealers! But there are certain things that should perhaps be left off the Internet, like your underwear, hung up to dry on a clothesline. Or, at least, that’s how a Japanese woman who is suing Google for the equivalent of $7,000 sees it. She claims the images caused her psychological distress.
“I was overwhelmed with anxiety that I might be the target of a sex crime,” the woman told a district court. “It caused me to lose my job and I had to change my residence.”
The woman had already been diagnosed with OCD, which is perhaps why she was searching for her own apartment on Google Street View in the first place. No word on where she dries her underwear nowadays.
[via the Telegraph]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 17, 2010