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Google Sued Over Woman's Exposed Underwear

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We've seen many things courtesy of the Google Street View camera's unblinking eye. Breaking and entering, schoolyard brawls, Second Amendment rights, and, of course, prostitution. But now, one Google Street View subject has taken it upon herself to actually sue the Search Giant for its role in her unexpected exposure.

Specifically, the camera caught her underwear drying on a clothesline.

An unnamed Japanese woman is suing Google for 600,000 Yen ($7,157), claiming the images gave her psychological distress. According to Japan's Mainichi newspaper, she told a district court, "I was overwhelmed with anxiety that I might be the target of a sex crime." Adding, "It caused me to lose my job and I had to change my residence."

Gosh. Imagine if she knew that countless pedestrians would've seen the undergarments from the street firsthand.

The woman stated she first noticed the photos in the spring while searching for her apartment. It was then that her obsessive-compulsive disorder was exacerbated and she began believing her entire life was being captured on camera.

To me, that sounds a little worse than OCD.

According to the Telegraph UK, the woman was subsequently fired from her job at the local hospital and moved to a new apartment. Again, apparently because of Google Street View.

The image was removed from the site right when she reported it, but upset she remained. "I could understand if it was just a picture of the outside of the apartment, but showing a person's underwear hanging outside is absolutely wrong."

That's the tricky thing about them cameras. They always seem to capture the things within their field of vision.

Better get on that, science.
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