How to request blurring of a face or license plate in Street View

We get a few emails every week from people wondering how to get their face or license plate blurred in Google’s Street View. This is a big deal to a lot of people, and it’s quite easy to do.

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From Google’s recent post in the Google Maps Help forum, here’s all that you need to do.

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:

http://maps.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=68385

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Very good!

  2. How do Google know the report is genuine? Kids could be playing a prank on a neighbour by obliterating their house, or more seriously a business could obliterate the image of a rival.

  3. @Chris, As far as I’m aware, Someone from Google goes through each report, and takes action.
    But one thing I’ve found in my experience with requesting plates and faces to be blurred, is that in 4 out of the 6 cases I reported, Google didn’t blur the image, but chose to simply remove the whole thing.

  4. @ Jacob Yes, I’m sure the process could not be automated, and I’m sure that Google can spot some phoney reports, but removing the image would meet the aim of the type of malicious reports that I mentioned when not detected.

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