Police in Raahe, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) north of Helsinki, began the investigation Thursday at the request of a man whose picture could been seen online on Google’s Street View maps, he said.
“You can see a man sitting in a rocking chair,” detective sergeant Hannu Vainionpaeae told AFP. “He is wearing a shirt but no trousers.”
Vainionpaeae declined to comment on whether it was possible to identify the man sitting in the garden of a private residence in Raahe in the picture, taken in summer.
The investigation, the first of its kind in Finland, will determine whether Google broke the law for unauthorized surveillance and if the Internet giant violated privacy legislation when the images were taken and posted online, Vainionpaeae said.
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