In this article, I will show you how to request hidden house mapping services, delete or blur photos of your home. With the proliferation of increasingly convenient features, such as 360º photos of the street available on Google Maps and other mapping services, there is always a risk that your personal data will be collected in the future. a public photo. This can be very dangerous, even if the photo is just outside your house or the parking lot.
How to hide your home on Google Maps
Google Maps Street View is extremely useful, but if you’re not comfortable letting the world see a picture of your home, you can ask Google to blur the image. To do this, open Google Maps and search for your address or a nearby landmark. In the menu on the left, click the tab Street View and choose a photo of your home.
Next, click on the three dots icon, located in the top left corner of the image and select Report a problem. This will show you a page where you can select the area to be blurred. Tap and drag on the photo to point the red square towards your house (you can also toggle it to focus on cars or anything else visible in the photo). Then in Request blurringPlease choose My home. Then share your email address, select the captcha and click Submit.
Google will review your request and blur your home on the map.
How to Hide Your Home on Apple Maps
Apple Maps has a feature called Look Around that works like Google’s Street View, giving you 360º photos of different places around the world. If you find your home in this service and want it removed, you can email [email protected] and describe your problem in detail. Apple will review the request and hide your home from their service — usually within a week.
(If you’d like to learn more about Apple Maps’ data collection practices, visit this page.)
How to hide your home on Bing Maps
Microsoft’s Bing Maps has a feature like Google’s Street View called StreetSide. If you see your home on StreetSide, you can also ask Microsoft to remove it. The company says it will review these requests and delete the data within 30 to 60 days.
To submit such a request, open Bing Maps and find your address. In the menu on the left, scroll down and click on any image labeled StreetSide. This will open up a 360º view of the area. To report a problem, press Report a privacy concern with this image in the lower left corner. This will open a new page where you can choose House next to the question “What kind of a concern do you have?“.
Tap the photo that contains your house. You will see a red dot on the image. Click Submit to report the image to Microsoft.
So you have successfully hidden your home from the map service. In addition, you can also put the company’s address on Google Maps here.