Google Maps Street View: Removing Your House

According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, if you are looking for more privacy, then you should move.

His callous remark came during a discussion on Google Maps Street View cars, which were found to be illegally collecting e-mails, passwords and surfing habits while photographing your neighborhood.

Appearing on CNN’s Parker Spitzer a week ago, Schmidt made a bold statement that was eventually edited out of the broadcast. He said that said individuals who did not want the Street View cars to snap photos of their homes should “just move.” Schmidt then told The Hollywood Reporter, “As you can see from the unedited interview, my comments were made during a fairly long back and forth on privacy. I clearly misspoke. If you are worried about Street View and want your house removed please contact Google and we will remove it.”

You can have your house removed from Google Maps Street View. Here’s how (see video):

  1. Go to
  2. Locate your house by typing its address into the search box and pressing Enter.
  3. Click the red push-pin marker representing your house on the map.
  4. Click Street View.
  5. Adjust Google Maps Street View by clicking the left and right arrows on the Street View image until you see your house.
  6. Click the Report a Problem link at the bottom-left corner of the Street View image.
  7. Click Privacy Concerns, My House and I Have Found a Picture of My House and Would Like It Removed.
  8. Type your privacy concerns into the Please Describe the Problem box.
  9. Type your email address into the Email Address box.
  10. Type the characters that you see in the picture into the Word Verification box.
  11. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the Web page.

An investigation into Google’s accidental practice of collecting identity information has been opened in France, Germany,  Spain, as well as in the U.S. Google claims that it will delete the sensitive information as soon as possible, but in the meantime, victims remain helpless.

John Sileo is the award-winning author of Stolen Lives and Privacy Means Profit (Wiley, August 2010), a professional Financial Speaker and America’s leading identity theft expert. His clients include the Department of Defense, FTC, FDIC and Pfizer; his recent media appearances include 60 Minutes. Contact him on 800.258.8076.


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12 Responses to Google Maps Street View: Removing Your House

  1. Ryan: August 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Anyone can photograph your house and put it online, it’s not against the law. I don’t see how it’s identity theft if it can be seen from public street. I guess if you put your social security number on your house, you might have a problem then (sarcasm). Photos of homes in many areas can be found on your local property appraiser’s website along with your name, it’s public record. Like it or not… Google, along with any Joe Schmoe can take a picture of your house and do whatever they want with it. Schmidt is right, if don’t want your house to be seen, move to a rural home that sits very far off the roadway. However, the collection of E-Mails IS concerning.

  2. Mike 4T: April 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    GOOGLE is not good. This causes breaching privacy, permanently threatens security and host of other concerns.

  3. Superman: June 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

    It is disgusting.

    The United States is the only modern country which completely disregards individual privacy.

    The fools believe they are “free” .. when they could not be more hopelessly enslaved.

    The United States is a business, not a country, let’s remember.

    this invasion of privacy not only allows criminals to destroy lives, but opens of course the flood gates to MASS MARKETING, attempting to shove junk down our throats.

    More “free” credit cards, more junk we are convinced we need, etc. etc..not to mention scams taking advantage of the elderly…

  4. Superman again: June 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    These images and personal data online serve NO OTHER NECESSARY FUNCTION OR PURPOSE.

  5. pat: July 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I am in a house in a rural area off the beaten track…but there it is up on google for all to see!
    talk about letting every low life know about your location..its scandelous!!!

  6. Jo: December 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I am in the uk and don’t want my property removed just an up to date photo.
    the Google pictures are before we renovated and started a business. We now loose trade because people think we are a scam or a horrible place.
    what do I do?

  7. John Sileo, Identity Theft Speaker: December 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I am sorry, but there is no way to have google update the photo. You can, however, remove your house using the following post:

    I hope this helps.

  8. peter ambler: January 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    this is totally wrong my home is on a private lane all my front has been exposed and where my cars park the rear of the property exposed ive had a goat poisoned white rats left which if had been eaten by my birds of pray they would have died ive been told these people looked on google maps to view my security first ,also th factory at the side of me has been targeted that factory was not long ago a top terrorist threat ,if blown up would have wiped 40 square miles out .just down the road is rolls Royce nuclear plant google show their reactors so if one factory went up so would the other both high on terror groups list surely that is a breach of national security . google should be stopped quite easy for thieves to view stuff they want to steal google has made homes unsafe ,mp s ect are in danger too if target groups need to find them

  9. legendofthedeafwarriors: January 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Someone informationed me that stalker found my real name, home address and where my family live from google. Also he found my email. Guess what? I found out someone break in my email for harassing and cyberbully my friends and my family at online. I am not very happy with Google for put my information personal at public. Google is put my family and me in the dangerous! I will be appreciated if Google remove my e mail, real name and other for my own safety.

  10. Matilda: March 23, 2014 at 3:45 am

    GOOGLE you have
    no respect for peoples’
    privacy – only for money
    and profit.

    And Google your whole world is falling apart.

    Tell the truth, you have no respect, do you.

    Remove all street view imagery and what so more, don’t do otherwise.

  11. dan: May 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    John Sileo, the directions in that link and the links seen on the map are not the same. None of this is seen anywhere. 7.Click Privacy Concerns, My House and I Have Found a Picture of My House and Would Like It Removed.
    None of that is shown on the map, or street view or in link to “report a problem”

  12. peter ambler: May 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    saturday 10.5.14 my premises were raided and my rescue birds of prey stolen .they knew exactly how to get in from only one possible area through the goats pen injuring one goat as well .from info received they studied google maps knew exactly were the ctv cameras are situated and a very dark area I cant cover my premises are surrounded by severnt trent water cameras 9 in all .then celanese chemicals have ctv and electric movement sensors on their fence these birds missing actually are in my care from Derbyshire wildlife animal protection unit .Derbyshire police you can check their website as they are on there as stolen also check my facebook pages .ive offered £500 reward for the eagle owl alone /facebook .peter ambler /derby /alvaston meadows wildlife rescue ..

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