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Google Maps Privacy: The secret to hiding your home

by Kurt Knutsson

There is a little known secret to removing your home from the street view of Google Maps and blurring the details of your home’s curbside view on Apple Maps.

This is the viewpoint available to anyone that shows your front door, windows, driveway and in some cases whether a side gate has been left open or not when photographed by the big tech mapping mobile army recording everything they see as they drive through neighborhoods.

Google Maps Surveillance Vehicle

Google Maps surveillance vehicle recording everything it can see at your home

Few understand that simply by asking, both Google and Apple with mask the private details of your home’s exterior by request. The reason it is not so apparent is the understated coy way big tech companies bury the tiny link that can win back some of your privacy.

Why give burglars and nosey people a crystal clear view into your property just because big tech companies want to expose it to all?

How to remove your home from view on Google Maps and Apple Maps

Let’s start with Google Maps app first if using iOS on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Google Maps app
  2. Enter your home address into the search field.
  3. Tap the Street View box in the lower left portion of the map
  4. From the Street View map showing  your home, tap the three dot menu on the upper right
  5. Select “Report a problem” from the menu
  6. Fill out the following form making sure to select “Request blurring” of “My home”
  7. Use a working email address in the next required field and then tap the square to confirm “I’m not a robot”
  8. Tap “Submit”

blurred home address on google maps

How to request blurring of your home on Google Maps using Android

  1. Open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search your home address
  3. Find and open the Street View photo showing your house
  4. Tap the screen once to show the menu bar.
  5. In the top right, tap More More.
  6. Select Report a problem
  7. Fill out the following form making sure to select “Request blurring” of “My home”
  8. Use a working email address in the next required field and then tap the square to confirm “I’m not a robot” if asked
  9. Tap “Submit”

 

How to request blurring of your home on Google Maps using a computer

  1. Open a web browser and go to google.com/maps
  2.  Enter your home address into search field
  3. On the left column select photo of your house under the Photos area
  4. Look for the tiny text link on the bottom right of the screen labeled “Report a problem”
  5. Follow the instructions on the next page including selecting “Request blurring” of “My home”, entering your email address and selecting Submit button

Google Maps Request Blurring Of Your Home Desktop

 

Remember to check your email for any verifications you may need to confirm once you have made the removal requests.  After a few days come back to both apps or sites and search for your own address again to see it has been blurred from existence.

Second mission, removing your home’s street view on Apple Maps (iOS)

  1. Launch Apple Maps app
  2. Enter your home address into the search field
  3. Tap your written street address at bottom of screen to see if there are street level imagery of your home.

Apple has changed the online path to blur your house, license plate and face from their name for street view called Look Around.

4. If you can see your home’s curbside view, you are now able to make a request via an email message sent to Apple at MapsImageCollection@apple.com

According to an Apple privacy help page it says, “we will censor faces and license plates on images that are published in Look Around. If you have comments or questions about this process, your privacy rights, or would like to request that a face, license plate, or your own house be censored, please contact us.“

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