Street View catches Finn with his pants down
Authorities investigate privacy cock-up
The Finnish authorities have launched an enquiry into what they consider a serious breach of privacy on Street View, after a snooping spymobile captured a chap wearing less clothes than is advisable when Google comes a-calling.
The trail begins at this house, at Maakaarentie 14, in Raahe. Behind that wooden fence is someone who's about to have an embarrassing encounter with the Great Satan of Mountain View's all-seeing eye:
What comes next has now been struck from Street View, but we were able to find photographic evidence of the outrage, as you can see.
According to press reports helpfully translated by our Finnish informant, the victim was blissfully unaware of his worldwide exposure and only got wind of it when police got in touch.
As a result of the police probe, Google may be charged with invasion of privacy - an offence that is punishable by a fine or one year's imprisonment.
Finland's privacy watchdog has also weighed into the fray, noting that Street View has raised a lot of concerns among citizens.
Back in Maakaarentie, meanwhile, a further click down the street still shows another view of the poor bloke, albeit in a less compromising pose:
Let me know your number, clearly you are up for it
While it may seem stange to some, being naked is not strange in finland. I remember going there to see my cousin, met him and about 6-8 other men (his parents and women, GFs, Wifes as well), we had a few drinks and they were polite to start with before we got into things, im black, or as is no longer PC halfjack, anyway them not having met a black and having low opinion of british men and most non nordic men they wanted to see if I really had finnish blood, so we went to the sauna and got naked, 8-10 of us and id diiddnr, in finland it would be rude not to ask another person to join you in a sauna. So finns are used to seeing naked people.
In finland being naked is not a big deal. In finland you have the right to walk in your house naked and sit in your backyard naked because it's your house, you own it and you can damm well sit were you like.
If someone wants to take a picture of you they damm well ask, if they don,t then at the least that it rude and if you are sitting in your land it's an invasion of your privacy. Walking past and seeing someone naked is one thing but if you take a picture, that is a deliberate act. GooGle is saying we have the right to put cameras around your house 24/7 and film you, that the issue for you dicks that think it is about a person not being dressed in a way you would aprove of.
and thats the reason why the finns think it is important.
Obviously, Scandinavians and Street-View do not mix
I don't know what this is but I love it
Obviously he thought he was in a private area.
After all he was behind a 6 or 7 foot wall/windbreak thing.
Bad google - no cookie.