The next time Facebook reminds you of someone’s birthday and you realize you haven’t seen, heard, or even thought of that person in half a decade, instead of writing them a superfluous “Happy Birthday!!!” send them this song.
Ernst Berlin wanted to make his wife’s first birthday with their new baby really special; so he turned to Reddit Gets Drawn, where artists of a variety of styles will interpret your photographs for you. He commissioned 24 artists to draw portraits of their adorable 8-month-old son Jacob.
Google Street View cameras catch people off-guard every day, so the tech giant automatically blurs the face of anyone who appears in a Street View image.
But what happens when the image shows a little more skin than the subject would like to have displayed for the entire world to see? And what if — in spite of her blurred face — that subject is easily identifiable because she’s sitting on her front porch with her address and license plates clearly visible?
When Montreal resident Maria Pia Grillo found a photo of herself leaning forward on her doorstep, she was embarrassed by how much of her cleavage was displayed for the whole world to see online. Two years after discovering the photo, the bank employee filed a lawsuit demanding $45,000 for harm inflicted due to alleged mocking from her coworkers. She also requested that Google blur out her entire body, address, and license plate.
This is the grainy photo in question, captured before Google blurred the entire scene from their system…
Google agreed to blur the areas requested, but argued that they weren’t responsible for any emotional harm that occurred as a result of the photo.
The judge ruled that while Google wasn’t responsible for Grillo’s emotional distress, being in a visible place where someone can be seen does not mean that person forfeits their right to privacy.
For this violation of privacy, the judge ordered Google to pay the woman $2,250 plus interest and an additional $159 in court costs.
While Americans place a high value on free expression, which generally would permit the use of a photo of someone in public, the judge opted to take what he dubbed a “European approach” to privacy in determining what qualified as “personal information.”
Regardless of the public’s opinion of the case, Google’s incredible volume of images ensures it won’t be the last of its kind.
Anyone who’s spent any time on the internet knows that online advertising is targeted very particularly sometime. Ads appear based on the content of a given page, your geographic location, or even your browsing history.
Sometimes this specific targeting goes ironically wrong. Here are some of the worst examples…
When Elizabeth Wisdom posted pictures from her family trip to the West Coast on Instagram in June 2012, she wasn’t expecting to find love.
Neither was Denis LaFargue, who saw her pictures, and thought they looked familiar. When he realized that had made the same trip just the summer before, he decided to leave her a comment…and their modern day fairytale began.
The two started chatting in the comments section, and a few months later in September, Denis decided to take a leap of faith and offer up his phone number—which, in the online dating world, is a big move.
It seems that celebrity obsession isn’t just for teen fans… A California attorney is facing a six-month suspension after the State Bar caught her photoshopping herself into celebrity pictures for her business website.
Kind of like that time in the 90s you glued a cutout of Nick Carter into a photo with you and told all your friends he was your boyfriend…