Google Maps and Apple Maps allow anyone to eavesdrop on you and violate your privacy by posting crystal clear pictures of the front of your own home or aerial shots of your property on their web sites and apps.
Google has run into legal problems amid growing concerns regarding people’s privacy. These included multiple instances where people were photographed through their windows without realizing it.
One Minnesota community successfully got Google to take down all pictures of their houses, something you might have the facility to do on your personal. You may also ask Google to blur images of your automotive, license plate and, perhaps most significantly, yourself.
Blurred screenshot of a house visible online.
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Easy methods to take pictures of your house off Google Maps on a pc
Go to google.com/maps
Enter your house address within the search field
Here’s the way to see your personal home on Google Maps.
- Click on the photo of your own home within the upper right-hand corner
A Google Maps graphic showing a house and its location.
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- See if your house is visible
A typical Google Street View screenshot.
- Click Report an issue within the small text within the lower left-hand corner
- Ensure what you wish blurred from the image is in the middle of the black and red box
Follow these steps to remove the Google Street View images.
- Under Request blurring, select what you want to blurred: a face, my home, my automotive/license plate or different object
- Enter any additional information within the box provided to assist them know what you wish blurred and why
- Enter a working email address
- Click the I’m not a robot button
- Click submit
After submitting a request for your own home to be blurred, it is best to then get an email confirmation requiring you to make any verifications. After a couple of days, it’s value checking to see whether your own home continues to be visible. One thing that’s value keeping in mind, in case you might have any doubts, blurring your own home on Google Maps is everlasting.
Easy methods to take pictures of your house off Apple Maps
To take pictures of your house off of Apple Maps, you’ll need to accomplish that in writing, and “request that a face, license plate or your personal house be censored.” The e-mail address to achieve Apple Maps is MapsImageCollection@apple.com.
Have you ever been successful at removing your own home from either Google or Apple Maps? Tell us. We would love to listen to from you.
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