Google Street View could accidentally show some of the unwanted things inside your house. Because of this app’s feature, your location is now revealed in public.
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The good thing is, there’s still something you can do to blur your home. What you need to do is simply ask Google to blur your house out permanently.
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To do this, you need to open Google Maps and enter your home address. After that, change the app’s mode to Street View mode by dragging the small yellow human-shaped icon, located at the bottom-right corner of the display, onto the map in front of your place.
Once you have a good view of your house, tap the “Report a problem” option at the screen’s bottom right corner. Then, position the red box on your house and select “My home” in the “Request blurring” field.
After you completed the process, your house will only be a smeared suggestion. Google Street View, launched in 2007, provides accurate images of the street-level view of many towns and cities across the globe.
Every year, the company would send roving vehicles and photographers equipped with camera-laden backpacks so that Street View is up to date.
The Google app previously faced many controversies, with companies reporting them for trespassing and other issues. In 2008, the Minnesota suburb of North Oaks threatened Google that it would cite the company for trespassing.
The company decided that it didn’t want its pictures posted on Google’s service. Another formal complaint was filed in 2009. The lobbying organization Privacy International sent a complaint to the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), accusing the app of failing to accurately de-identify the people Google captured.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.