Google Fined $2,000 for Street View Cleavage Shot

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Google has been handed a fine from a Canadian court, after it was found to have embarrassed a lady and invaded her privacy by sticking a photo of her cleavage on Street View.

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The lady claimed such high levels of embarrassment were caused by seeing the top-heavy photo of herself sitting outside her house in 2009 that it caused her emotional damage and triggered a bout of depression, although the judge disagreed and handed her a relatively small amount of compensation — $2,250 CDN (around $2,000) — for the shaming it triggered. [Journal de Montreal via GigaOm]


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I would bet that the shame triggered by the publicity of the frivolous lawsuit would be more damaging that the shame of her cleavage being displayed on Google Maps. Just my thoughts.

She was in public and wearing an outfit that was that revealing. All Google did was photograph it by pure happenstance and post it to a web page. If her cleavage was that embarrassing, she probably should reconsider her wardrobe. (It isn't like Google hacked into her private iCloud and posted private nudes......this was something that anyone walking down the street could have seen.)