Feeds

Street View catches Finn with his pants down

Authorities investigate privacy cock-up

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

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:

The house at Maakaarentie 12, Raahe, as seen on Street View

Finnish bloke with pants down caught on Street ViewWhat 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:

The man seen from further down the street

®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.