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):
- Go to maps.google.com.
- Locate your house by typing its address into the search box and pressing Enter.
Click the red push-pin marker representing your house on the map.
- Click Street View.
- Adjust Google Maps Street View by clicking the left and right arrows on the Street View image until you see your house.
Click the Report a Problem link at the bottom-left corner of the Street View image.
Click Privacy Concerns, My House and I Have Found a Picture of My House and Would Like It Removed.
Type your privacy concerns into the Please Describe the Problem box.
Type your email address into the Email Address box.
Type the characters that you see in the picture into the Word Verification box.
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.