Google Street View may accidentally display some of the icky stuff inside your home. Due to the functionality of this app, your position will now be exposed in public.
The good news is, there is something you can still do to blur your home. What you have to do is ask the search giant to permanently blur your house out.
How to blur out your house from Google Maps
You need to open Google Maps to do this and enter your home address. After that, shift the app’s mode to Street View mode by dragging the tiny human-shaped yellow icon, located at the lower right corner of the window, onto the map in front of you.
Tap the “Report a problem” option at the bottom right corner of the screen once you’ve got a clear view of your building. Place the red box on your building, then select “My home” in the “Blurring Search” area.
Your house will only be a smeared suggestion after you’ve completed the operation. Launched in 2007, Google Street View offers precise pictures of a street-level view of many cities across the globe.
The business will send out roving vehicles and photographers fitted with camera-laden backpacks each year to keep Street View up to date.
It’s not clear exactly how long Google would take to process the requests, so you might get started right now. And when that’s over, do the same on Bing Maps (the method is remarkably similar) — after all, it’s not like Microsoft should get any special treatment.
Proofs that they will approve your request
The Google app faced with several scandals, with businesses suing them for trespassing and other problems. In 2008, the North Oaks Minnesota suburb charged Google with suing the firm for trespassing.
The company decided it wasn’t going to post its pictures on Google’s website. In 2009 a more formal complaint was lodged. Privacy International, an advocacy group, submitted a complaint to the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), accusing the app of failing to correctly de-identify the individuals identified by Google.
“Among them were a woman who had moved house to escape a violent partner but who was recognisable outside her new home on Street View,” read the article, describing complaints made to Privacy International.
“Also complaining were two colleagues pictured in an apparently compromising position who suffered embarrassment when the image was circulated at their workplace.”
Google has never been quite the steward of privacy for anybody. In 2010, the company revealed that its Street View vehicles had secretly collected information from unencrypted WiFi networks operating for years. These are those that continuously loop neighborhoods across the world.
So maybe you’re concerned about an online stalker, or strangers peering in your windows. You also value your privacy for your own sake. Google should have indexed and digitized images of your home open for all to see. Whatever the cause, asking Google to blur out the picture of your home or apartment on Google Street View is reasonably simple.