Google Maps: Invading Your Privacy? (Not Anymore!)

Jun 8, 2007 • 10:37 am | comments (56) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

With the launch of Google Maps Street View, curious users have found some relatively inappropriate images. In a DigitalPoint Forums post, users discuss the impact of Google Maps Street View on privacy. After all, for awhile, you were able to see a woman in her underwear in this Google Maps location:

Now You See It

Well, not anymore, sadly. Google has since removed the image. Clicking on the link above will bring you to this page.

Now You Don't

How To Remove Images from Google Maps Street View

It turns out that people who are concerned for their own privacy can report the particular image to Google for removal. If you click on "Street View Help," you will be brought to a window that allows you to report the inappropriate image (bottom link).

Google Street Maps: Report Inappropriate Image

You will be brought to a page that allows you to fill out some fields about the infringing or inappropriate nature of the photo and then Google will consider its removal.

Google Street Maps: Reporting Form

It seemed to work out for that girl whose underwear is no longer searchable on Google Maps. (For the record, it wasn't me who reported it.)

Maybe this will appease the woman who called much attention to herself on Boing Boing. And she said she wanted privacy. After this article was published, I don't really believe that.

Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.

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