Over 1 billion people use Google Maps every year. It is therefore not surprising that dozens of litigation on several continents have forced the company to allow users to blur Street View and Satellite View images without their consent. But recently, the Internet has noticed something strange about Google Maps: Once something is blurry, there's no turning back.
Last month, Reddit Post in a Life-Guidance Life Group gave a detailed account of how users who are dissatisfied with Google's Street View imagery can apply for disregard on Google Maps. There are a number of reasons why someone wants this. For example, Google has always blurred the fronts of domestic violence guards to protect the victims.
Apart from obvious privacy issues, over the years Google has unintentionally caught some people in embarrassing (and illegal) scenarios. In 201
But the comments on the Reddit post went in the opposite direction. "Caution – previous owner blurs me, I can not dazzle! Have tried two or three times," wrote one user. Another replied, "came here to say that, a previous owner in our house blurs it, I've tried any kind of contact with google and they just tell me that I'm SOL."
Others have this problem noticed and desperately trying to reverse the blur. On the Google Product Forums Help Page there are over 240 posts with titles like "Our House without Glare" and "Impossible to Remove Blur." One of the saddest posts is titled "Blurred photo of the face in the street view." User JamesBunting1 asked, "There is a photo of my now-deceased father in the street view, where his face is blurry One way to find and buy a blurry copy? It would be reassuring for me to really see him. "Treebles, an" Advanced Troubleshooter, "complained," Sorry for your loss, I'm afraid that Google is not shaking images do not keep long and they will not provide copies of the images on request. "
If you're curious about how to ask Google to blur a picture on maps, go to Google Maps and enter an address on. Click on a photo of the address on the left with the "360" icon below. This will take you to Street View. At the top of the page, the address should be next to it with three vertical dots. Click on these points and a drop-down menu with "Report a problem" will be displayed. A new page will be loaded with the caption "Report Inappropriate Street View". Adjust the image so that the object to be blurred is red box. Fill out the form and check in a few days if the image is out of focus.
You can ask Maps to blur entire sections of photos, such as faces or license plates, as long as you believe their image contains "identifying information. "Google also allows users to delete user-uploaded images that appear in the left sidebar when an address is entered.
However, one Reddit user commented that asking Google to "blur" parts of photos was even risky: "In a house I once lived in, there was a surveillance camera. JUST to blur the surveillance camera, but they blurred the whole house, they would not remove the blur after that. "
But blurring makes sense just as much as wanting things without glare. You may be willing to sell your home and want to make sure people can visit the property. Or you have just taken over the lease for a property that was previously censored.
After all, blurring things has often led to a Streisand effect created by Google Maps . If a house is out of focus, it can make people curious in an area where most homes are not blurred, as in the case of this Brooklyn Brownstone suspicion and a subsequent Gothamist article on the reason behind the blur.
If a business or landowner wants to go back, a process for getting new images should be done. Although Google would prefer to take 360-degree images on a phone and submit them for review, that would be better than blurring permanent eternal properties.