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Did Google Maps publish your image or personal info? Here’s what you can do about it

Zach Epstein
April 20th, 2015 at 1:12 PM
How To Blur Google Maps Images

It finally happened. You were decided to check out the Google Maps Street View of your home address or an area you frequent, and you were shocked to find a picture of your own face staring back at you. Oh, the horror! As disconcerting as it might be to learn that Google has published images of your face, the license plate number on your car, or some other personal information on Google Maps, rest assured that correcting the issue really couldn’t be easier.

Here’s what you need to do:

FROM EARLIER: 50+ of the strangest things you will ever see on Google Street View

Thankfully, CNET has put together a quick guide that explains the exact steps you should take if you find your personal information on display in Google Maps.

First, on the page with the imagery in question, click the “Report a problem” link in the bottom right corner. This will take you directly to the page where you can specify which picture has unauthorized imagery, and you can show Google what to blur out.

The ensuing form shows the exact Street View you were looking at on the previous page, but with a black and red box in the middle of the frame. Zoom in or out and pan around until the area you want blurred is in that box.

After that, you’ll just need to follow the instructions on the page and explain exactly what you’re trying to blur, as well as why.

The entire process will take you a few minutes at most, and more detailed instructions can be found by following the source link below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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