Google Reminds Users How To Blur or Remove Maps Details

Apr 8, 2010 • 8:02 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Ever want to remove something from Google Maps, such as a street view image of your car or you walking down the street? Google allows you to do so. Alvin from the Google Maps teams posted a thread at the Google Maps Help forum explaining how.

I'll quote Alvin:

Have you found your house on Street View and prefer it isn't show for privacy reasons? Have you found a face or license plate that hasn't been automatically blurred? If so, reporting an image for review is simple. All you have to do is:

1. Locate the image in Street View 2. Click "Report a problem" in the bottom-left of the Street View image window 3. Complete the form, and click "Submit".

We definitely understand the privacy concerns users may have, so once you submit your report, we will review your request promptly. You can find more information regarding this process at the following help-center topic:

- Maps Guide Alvin

I have been looking for my car or face on Google Maps but so far I have not found it. Maybe it is because I never go outdoors? Just kidding.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Stuart Gilbert

04/08/2010 01:36 pm

About time too - they had some serious privacy issues and literally they had requests to delete 1,000s from irate citizens - you just never know when, where, how or why these things can turn up on the web!! Stu

No Name

04/08/2010 03:56 pm

"About time too"? This isn't anything new. People have been able to report image issues in Google Maps for years. This announcement isn't about something new... it's to remind people what they've been able to do all along. Some user interfaces might take some extra time to get familiar with it, but everyone should. This would be no different than if an article came out today talking about the national do-not-call registry in the U.S.

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