How to protect your privacy on Google Maps: Blur your home, car license plate

Google Maps offers the Street View feature, which is a valuable tool that enables users to explore nearby areas, locate shops, search for routes, and find various points of interest. However, this feature is not widely available in India. With Street View, users can immerse themselves in a fully interactive 360-degree view of their surroundings or any desired location.

street view on map provides a comprehensive representation of reality, showing the names of nearby establishments, buildings, parked cars and streets. Although this level of detail can be incredibly useful, it also raises concerns about privacy and the potential exposure of sensitive information to the public. To address these concerns, Google has implemented dedicated rules and regulations to protect privacy and ensure responsible use of this powerful feature.

According to Google’s official support page, street-level collections and photo paths are subject to automatic blurring, which effectively hides identification details such as faces and license plates. Additionally, if you are the person responsible for uploading the 360-view photo, you are given the option to decide which elements of the image will be visible and which will be intentionally blurred, measures to preserve the privacy of others. In form of.

Google no longer provides support for Photo Paths, and as a result, new Photo Paths cannot be uploaded Google Map, If Google does not own a photo, it is the photo owner’s responsibility to blur any sensitive content prior to publishing. However, if you come across a blurred photo that violates the privacy guidelines, you have the option of reporting it to Google and requesting blurring of the problematic area.

Here are the steps you can follow to request Google to add blurring to specific locations on Google Maps:

  1. Open “” on a compatible browser, such as Chrome.
  2. Log in to your Google Account if you aren’t already.
  3. Navigate to the location you want on the map Google To blur certain details, such as a house, a car’s number plate, or an address.
  4. Click on the three vertical dots on the name tag of the location and select “Report a problem”.
  5. On the next page, choose the specific element you want to report, be it a building, a number plate, or any other detail.
  6. Specify the reason for the report and complete the captcha verification. Also, be sure to enter your email address.
  7. Click “Submit” to register a request to add blurring to the selected location.

Following these steps will allow you to request Google to blur sensitive information in selected locations Google Map,

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Updated: July 01, 2023, 05:00 PM IST