Man spotted at mistress home by wife
A wife is divorcing her husband after seeing his car parked outside another woman’s house on Google Street View.
She recognised the Range Rover because of its distinctive hub caps, even though the number plate had been blurred to protect privacy. Mark Stephens, the media lawyer who related the story, said that the woman had now contacted the divorce department of his firm to begin proceedings.
‘The putative ex-husband has a singular interest in pimped-up hub caps that were apparently the identifying feature,’ said Mark Stephens,
‘I suspect the husband’s lawyers will consider bringing in Google as a third party to indemnify against its invasion of privacy that has cost a marriage and will cost him his Range Rover.’
It comes after privacy campaigners sought to challenge the recent launch of the British version of the internet service which provides photographs of thousands of streets to enable users to ‘virtually walk’.
Privacy International has complained to the Information Commissioner citing a string of cases from people whose images appear. They include a married man who got into trouble with his wife after being recognized in a picture showing him getting close to a female colleague.
Another man said that his partner, who did not know that he smoked, recognised a blurred picture of him having a cigarette outside his office. Google says it will remove images if people complain. It has also obscured faces and number plates.